25.05.12 - F.L.A.G.S.
As beaches throughout Ireland are getting busier with the sunny spells of the Summer, there is a strong need for water safety awareness.
To stay safe at the beach, always remember F.L.A.G.S.
F - Find the red and yellow flags and swim between them.
Always swim where there is a lifeguard on patrol, and stay inside the area marked by the red and yellow flags. Never swim where a sign says not to, or when the red flag is flying.
L - Look at the safety signs.
Always read and obey the safety signs - they will help you to avoid potential dangers on the beach, and to identify the safest areas for swimming.
A - Ask a lifeguard for advice.
If in doubt, it's always best to play it safe and ask the experts.
G - Get a friend to swim with you.
Make sure there are other people around, because you never know when help might be needed.
S - Stick your hand in the air and shout for help if you get into difficulty.
If you see someone else in difficulty:
ALWAYS tell a LIFEGUARD
Or if you can't see one, call 999 / 112 and ask for the COASTGUARD