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Beach Safety for Kids

In our coastal area of Coolum Beach, we believe that it is very important to begin teaching children about water safety from a young age. As we move into the warmer months, we all look forward to plenty of summer days spent relaxing on the beach! We have put together some pointers to help ensure your children stay safe at the beach.

Learning to Swim

For children living in coastal areas like Coolum, swimming lessons are a must! Surf lifesaving is also an excellent option (if they are old enough). These extracurricular activities will help your children become strong swimmers and teach beach safety skills, such as recognizing rips and swimming in the surf.

Where to Swim

We are fortunate to have a patrolled beach in our very own suburb! It’s important to bear in mind that not all beaches are patrolled. Beaches with lifeguards and rescue crews keeping an eye on beachgoers are the best places for children to swim. At patrolled beaches, the safest area is marked with red and yellow flags – always make sure your children are swimming between the flags!

When to Swim

Always avoid the beach around dusk, and never swim after dark. Poor visibility at these times means that no one can see you if you need help.

Another thing to keep in mind is that between 11 AM and 1 PM is generally the hottest part of the day. You might choose to plan your beach trip around these times. Whatever time you decide to go, always remember sunscreen, a hat, and a sleeved shirt for your child, and try to choose a shady area to set up.

At Dragonfly’s Early Learning in Coolum Beach, we regularly host incursions from the Surf Lifesavers, and the children always enjoy learning about beach safety.

We wish all families a wonderful, safe summer!

For more information about Dragonfly’s Early Learning, Coolum Beach program click below or call us on (07)54716500.