The Socially Responsible Beach Guide

May 21, 2020 | Environment
Beaches: get back in the ocean in a socially responsible way | Photo: Creative Commons

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) launched "The Socially Responsible Beach Guide" to help you stay safe at the beach after lockdown.

Everyone missed the beach. As many of us start heading back, it's vital we do this in a socially-responsible way.

Surfers Against Sewage's brand new guide is packed with tips on keeping yourself safe at the beach while protecting the emergency services and ocean.

"We all miss the ocean, and we're excited to have the sand beneath our toes again. However, we must do it in a socially responsible way," notes Amy Slack, head of campaigns and policy at SAS.

"The water world is vital to our mental and physical health and wellbeing, but we must make sure we can enjoy it whilst staying safe and respecting those around us."

And remember: follow governments' social distancing advice at all times.

The Socially Responsible Beach Guide

Beach Bound

Check the water quality: Download and check the Safer Seas Service App for water pollution alerts.

Be prepared: Check the weather forecast and remember your refillable water bottle, ocean friendly sun cream and some warm clothes.

Tell someone: Let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back.

Stay local: Walk or drive to your nearest beach where possible, not your favorite beach.

At the Beach

Be aware: Obey all signage and if available, be sure to follow lifeguard's advice at all times. Remember, the tides and wind can rapidly change.

Keep your distance: Observe social distancing and keep 2m apart from others, including when you're in the water. If it's too busy, come back later.

Know your limits: We aren't all pro's, so swim, surf and enjoy the water within your abilities and let's help protect our emergency services.

Enjoy it: The water is great for mind and body so enjoy it, be thankful for it and help look after it.

Heading Home

Do a mini beach cleanup: Take everything you came with home and if you see rubbish please pick it up. Every piece of plastic pollution removed from the beach is a victory for the ocean.

Home time: Avoid gathering in groups and head home as soon as you're done. Don't forget to wash your hands and gear, as soon as possible.

Take a look at a general, in-depth overview of water safety tips for a day at the beach.

  • A sun dog, or sundog, is a natural optical phenomenon consisting of one or two colored luminous spots appearing on either side of the Sun.
  • Every year, nonprofit environmental organization Heal the Bay assigns A-to-F letter grades to beaches along the California coast.
  • A heat wave, or heatwave, is a period of two or more consecutive days with apparent temperatures exceeding 105°F to 110°F (40°C to 43°C) on National Weather Service's Heat Index.
  • Have you ever wondered how a beach is formed? The formation of sand strips is a long process that involves minerals, water, wind, waves, and tides.

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