The North East of England has some wonderful, exciting beaches along probably the most stunning coastline in the country. Many of these beaches are safe and suitable for swimming, however, like any sport or recreation need respect. Please take care when swimming and follow good practice!
Do have a rest after eating.
Always wait at least an hour after large meals before swimming,
and never drink alcohol before going for a swim.
Do go swimming with a friend.
No matter how good a swimmer you are, you may need help. And
never let young children out of your sight.
Do take care with inflatables.
An offshore wind can blow you out to sea in seconds. Remermber,
offshore winds often make the sea look very calm and flat. Check
which way the flags are blowing.
Do get out if you feel cold.
Even strong swimmers get tired in the cold.
Do keep an eye on the tides.
It is very easy to get cut off by the tide, especially on flat beaches
where it may come in much faster than you expect!
Do take notice of signs and flags.
Remember, lifeguards patrol the area between red-and-yellow
flags, a black-and-white check flag means surfing only, and a red
flag means no swimming.
Do not swim near piers, rocks or groynes.
Dangerous currents can develop, and you can get knocked into
them very easily.
Do not dive into shallow water.
If you can’t tell how deep it is, don’t dive! Lots of spinal injuries
occur each year because people dive into shallow water.