- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 2:30PM
When it’s summer and the sun is shining, there’s nothing Kiwi families love more than getting to the beach for a swim.
And during all the fun of splashing around in the ocean, it’s important to remember to stay safe.
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Just last summer Surf Life Saving New Zealand lifeguards rescued 2375 people – none of whom were ‘swimming between the flags’ - and sadly 14 Kiwis lost their lives in the water.
So this summer Surf Life Saving NZ and DHL Express, along with its partners, have released a new safety message to keep New Zealand families safe.
Top 10 tips to stay safe at the beach this summer
1. Choose a life-guarded beach and swim between the flags
2. Read and understand the safety signs - ask a lifeguard for advice as conditions can change regularly.
3. Don't overestimate your or your children's ability to cope in the conditions.
4. Always keep a very close eye on young children in or near the water - keep them within arm's reach at all times.
5. Get a friend to swim with you. Never swim or surf alone.
6. Watch out for rip currents, they can carry you away from shore. If caught in a rip current, lie on your back and float, put your hand up and call for help.
7. Be smart around rocks: When fishing, never turn your back towards the sea and always wear a lifejacket.
8. If in doubt, stay out!
9. If you see someone in trouble, call 111 and ask for Police.
10. Be sun smart – Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap. Protect your skin and eyes from the sun's damaging rays.