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Beach Safety in Queensland
Spending a day at a beach in Queensland is a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone, whether you are there with your family, with friends, with a lover or on your own. The water looks so inviting, and stretching out on the sand with the gentle sunrays caressing your body is a wonderful feeling. Playing sports on the beachfront is also a favourite pastime of beachgoers because of the wide-open spaces and soft sand.
However, beaches are not as harmless as they may appear. It is important to be aware of the dangers associated with beaches in Queensland and take steps to remain safe. By following a few simple rules, your day at the beach can be as safe as sitting in an armchair at home.
Lifeguards or lifesavers patrol many beaches in Queensland. These beaches
usually also have red and yellow flags that mark the safest place to swim
on the beach and the area where lifesavers and lifeguards patrol.
Many surf beaches in southern Queensland have strong currents, called
rips. These are powerful currents of water that can drag you through the
water away from the beach. If you are caught in an underwater current
or feel you are being pulled away from the beach by the tide, do not panic.
Simply raise one arm and float until help arrives. Attempting to swim
against the tide can be dangerous because a swimmer in trouble will quickly
Other dangers at beaches in Queensland are related to wildlife.
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