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Ocean Swimming - Top Tips for Staying Safe

04 May 2020

Ocean Swimming - Top Tips for Staying Safe


While we can't get to our favourite swimming pool, many of us are tempted to head out for a swim in the Ocean.   We strongly only recommend heading out for ocean swim if you are a experienced swimmer, now is not the time to take up a new sport that could put your life at risk.   

Our team have put together a few tips to keep you safe when out for your swim.  If you think ocean swimming is something you’d like to be able to tick off your list then get in touch with our friendly team who can provide information on our comprehensive adults swimming and fitness programmes.

  • BE PREPARED Make sure you check the weather conditions before going to the beach as weather conditions effect the surf environment. Make sure you also wear the appropriate beach attire if you are planning to go for a swim. Wearing regular clothing makes it extremely hard for you to swim as it weighs you down, so you should always wear attire such as togs or a wetsuit.
  • WATCH OUT FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS Pay close attention when supervising children at the beach, whether they are actually in the water or whether they are playing by the waters edge. Stick to patrolled beaches and always swim in between the red and yellow flags. Make sure to listen to advice from surf lifeguards and don’t swim or surf alone, always go with a friend or family member.
  • BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS Look out for warning signs that have been placed along the beach. “Strong Current” or “Swimming Not Advised” are two really common warning signs you may see at the beach. The safest area to swim at any patrolled beach in New Zealand, is in between the red and yellow flags.
  •  REMEMBER THE 3 R’s If you are stuck in a rip current use the 3 R’s to escape. RELAX and float on your back and try to not fight the current. RAISE your hand to signal for help. RIDE the rip, many rips will circulate and bring you back to shallow waters. Do not try and swim against the rip.
  • KNOW YOUR LIMITS Don’t overestimate your swimming ability or your child’s swimming ability. If in doubt, stay out!