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Beach safety

Jersey has such wonderful beaches, it is a great day out no matter what time of year.

 Wrapping up warm and wondering through rock pools or building sand castles on a warm sunny day.

Plan ahead when going to the beach and don't forget to check the tides

Off to the beach or going rock pooling?  Look at our checklists first...

Beach check list
  • Take plenty of sun protection - sun glasses, suncream that's factor 30 at least, a hat and T-shirt
  • Make sure you have plenty to drink
  • Set up a base on the beach and look out for land marks so  it's easy to find your way back if you go for a wonder
  • It's a good idea to see where the shade is, remember the sun is at it's hottest between 11am and 3pm
  • Tell your parent where you are going and what time you will be back if you go off with friends
  • If there is an emergency and you need help phone the lifeguard or coast guard call 999
Rock pooling safety check list
  • Always check the tide timetable for the day you are going - in the JEP, the Internet, tide books
  • Take a watch so you know when to head back
  • Follow the tide out when rock pooling - you get the best fish and it's much safer
  • Go with an adult
  • Tell someone else where you are going and when you will be back
  • Be sun safe - hat, suncream, sun glasses, T-shirt, plenty to drink
  • Wear shoes with a good grip
  • Don't forget your bucket and spade
  • If you get into trouble do not try and swim back, shout for help and phone for the coastguard or lifeguard on 999
Teach children how to be beach safe before something goes wrong

Getting lost

To reduce the risk of your children getting lost on a busy beach, set up a base camp when you arrive.  Before the children go and play ask them to just stop a second and look at where you are, checked against other landmarks.  Lifeguards deal every year with lost children in Jersey.

Weaver fish

Weeverfish are very common in the waters around Jersey, especially in August. When the fish is smaller than 10cm it likes to bury itself into the sand with just the dorsal fin sticking out.  They can do this just on the edge of the sea so when paddling it is easy to stand on them and get a nasty sting.

The sting is really sore and painful but the treatment is simple.  Place the affected area in hot water, the hotter the better. Test the water first so not to scald. The heat will destroy the toxic venom and the pain will stop.

If severe or life-threatening symptoms are present, seek medical help immediately and you can always ask an lifeguard to help.

First Aid help

Don't forget Lifeguards are all trained first aider's and have first aid kits and equipment

Common problems on the beach;
  •  Cuts from sharp objects just under the sand, often from sharp broken bottles or cans
  • Sand blown or rubbed into the eyes
  • Sunburn
  • Burns from disposable BBQ's, when removed to cool the sand or stone underneath is still hot enough to cause a nasty burn
  • Weever or jelly fish stings