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Stay Safe and Enjoy the Welsh Coast: RNLI Life-Saving Tips

Published on 8 Jul 2024 by Amy Greenwood

Wales boasts an impressive 1,680 miles of coastline, home to some of the finest beaches in the UK. These stunning shores attract thousands of visitors each year, offering countless opportunities for fun and adventure. But would you know what to do if you found yourself in trouble in the water? It’s important to be prepared for any unexpected situations, so stay safe and enjoy the wonderful Welsh coast this summer with the RNLI’s life-saving safety tips.

Cold Water Shock

Cold water shock is our body’s natural response to entering cold water and can very quickly lead to drowning, making it vital to know how to react. The RNLI’s #FloatToLive campaign provides simple, practical advice on what to do if you find yourself in trouble in the water.

Floating, even for a short time, allows the effects of cold water shock to pass. It’s a lifesaving skill that could make all the difference in a life or death situation. 

Learn to Float with These Five Simple Steps:

  1. Tilt your head back, submerging your ears.
  2. Relax and try to control your breathing.
  3. Move your hands to help you stay afloat.
  4. Your legs may sink, but that’s okay – everyone floats differently.
  5. Spread your arms and legs to improve your stability.

Once you’re over the initial shock, call for help, or swim to safety if possible. In a coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. Even without a signal, you should attempt to call 999 or 112; in an emergency, your phone can connect to an alternative network.

Stay Safe and Enjoy the Welsh Coast: RNLI Life-Saving Tips

Be Prepared

Whether you’re walking the coastal path, enjoying a trip to the beach, or spending the day out on the water, it’s always best to be prepared. Follow these tips to stay safe while enjoying our wonderful Welsh coast.

  • Check the weather and tides before heading out.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the conditions.
  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
  • Keep your mobile in a waterproof pouch and make sure it’s easily accessible. Enable voice-activated systems such as Siri if available.

Follow these simple steps to stay safe and make the most of Wales’ stunning coastline. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, respect the power of the sea, and if you find yourself in trouble in the water, remember #FloatToLive, it might just save your life.

Share these life-saving tips with your loved ones to ensure everyone stays safe this summer.

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