Summer vacation has started again. That means a lot of people have their anti theft backpack throw in the car and head for the Dutch coast for a wonderfully refreshing dip in the sea. Although most Dutch people can swim well, it still goes wrong several times every year, sometimes with a dramatic ending. According to the lifeguards of the rescue brigade, the risk of accidents can be reduced by providing good information about the dangers of the sea. With these four tips you will enter the water prepared.

Can swim well

It may make sense; only enter the water when you can swim well. This does not only mean that you have both swimming certificates A and B., but also that you are physically strong and fit enough to survive in the sea. You are normally an excellent swimmer but have been drinking alcohol? Keep in mind that this can have a major impact on your swimming qualities, endurance- and judgment.

Don't just go out on the water

When you go swimming in the sea, don't do this on your own, but make sure you have a buddy with you. If something goes wrong then there is at least someone who can raise the alarm and get help. Would you rather stay on the towel?? Then agree that she is not alone on you Ted Baker tas pay attention, but also keep an eye on you while you are in the water.

Watch the flags and the wind

Before you dive into the water, it is wise to first check where the rescue posts are and which flags the Rescue Brigade has hung. Only when an orange windsock is flying is it safe to swim in the sea. Also take a look at the wind. With a strong offshore wind, a wind that blows out to sea, isn't it smart to go out to sea with an air mattress or other inflatable thing?. Before you know it you have drifted a long way from the coast. Then it can be quite a challenge to come back again and that creates a dangerous situation.

Dangerous currents

Many bathers are ambushed by it and then get into trouble; a strong current or unexpected undercurrent that drags you into the sea or pulls it upside down. Then the sea shows how powerful it can be. When there are dangerous currents, the rescue brigade makes this clear by hoisting a yellow or red flag. Take these signals seriously and pack all beach bags or backpacks and sit in a cozy beach tent until it is safe to swim again. Have you ended up in a strong current? Then try not to panic, cry for help and do not swim against the current because then you will quickly lose precious energy. Rather float and swim left or right as soon as you feel the current become less powerful.

Learn more about safety in and on the water? Then take a look at the rescue brigade's website.