Water safety in Australia is a serious topic.
Australia is known for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, diving and a whole range of other water activities. We are an island after all and the majority of our population lives around the coastline. One thing that we learn as children, is to consider water safety in Australia and swim between the flags on beaches. Sadly, many people drown in Australia each year. Here is some information that you can use to be safe this Summer and enjoy your time by the waters edge.
Learn how to swim.
For a large portion of the year, we are by the water. Australians love to go to the beach, rivers, lakes and swimming holes. Many Australians also have swimming pools in their backyards. If you plan on spending time in Australia, especially in the hot seasons then you should know how to swim. Many public pools have adult swimming lessons and there are a range of classes. Being able to swim confidently means that you can enjoy all that our beaches and pools offer. It also means that you could save someone else that gets into trouble.
Visit a patrolled beach.
Lifesavers or lifeguards patrol many of our beaches. Their job is to watch people in the water to make sure that they are safe and don’t drown. As many people go into the water without knowing about it’s dangers, the life savers have to rescue thousands of people a year. Australian beaches are influenced by tides and rips. Tides are when the water is either high and low to the shore line. Tides come in and out each day and can trick people into thinking caves and rocks by the beach are a good place to fish and relax. They are great when the tide is low. When the tide comes in though, the water rises quickly. You can become trapped in a very dangerous position. Rips are just as bad and that is why you should swim between the flags.
Swim between the flags.
Lifesavers put up flags on the beach to show where it is safe to swim. The yellow and red flags are a national symbol of where lifesavers would like you to stay, so you don’t get caught in a rip. Rips are where water is quiet on the top But a dangerous current is dragging you out from underneath. The flags mark the area where it is safe to swim. It is essential to swim between the flags, especially if you are not a strong swimmer.
Wear appropriate swimwear.
Water safety starts with wearing the right swimwear. Water makes clothes heavier. To swim (especially in the surf), you need to be as light as you can. You should be wearing swimmers, not regular clothing. Swimmers are made out of lightweight fabrics like nylon, polyester, lycra or spandex. These man-made fibres are made to repel water, rather than absorb it. Swimmers also dry quickly. Swimmers are made to stretch and expand, which will make the most out of your swimming experience.
Part of college life at SELC is to be involved with local events and our campus at Bondi Junction, is a quick bus ride to the iconic Bondi Beach. Many of our students finish class and head down to the beach for the evening. If you like the idea of learning English or studying one of our vocational courses, then don’t hesitate to go to the SELC website for more information.