Some safety tips for South Africa beachgoers

One of the best things that you can do during this season is to get yourself  travel visa and head to SA  for a vacation. And since this is the best time of the year (you might not believe it, but it is true), you have plenty of activities to during your stay. One of the things that you can and will probably, do is to head to the beach.

However, just like any other vacation places that you go to, you need to know some safety precautions when going down the beach. And in SA, it can be sometimes a nasty place. Here are some things that you need to watch out for while there.

Even in the beach, wild animals are still a perennial danger. One of the most notable here are shark attacks. Though these are actually rare, there is still a great danger from being attacked by sharks. Thus, it is best that you try staying near the nets. And in case you are exploring a relatively new beach, always go in the water with companions and get out quickly when you spot one in the area.

Aside from sharks, jellyfishes are also a common threat to swimmers. On thing to remember about them is that, though a jellyfish might look small at the surface of the water, their tentacles might actually trail them for several feet. Also, never pick up a dead jellyfish that is washed into the shore. Though this is already dead, the stinging cells in its tentacles are still active and can still get you stung.

The water itself can also be dangerous. Rip currents have been known to pull out beachgoers to deeper water, where they are in more danger. In order to avoid being trapped by a rip current, you should familiarized yourselves with the places where they are likely to form. In case you get caught in one, the best way that you can go is to never swim against it and instead, float and let it carry you. Once you have reached the point where the rip slows down enough, then you can easily swim back to the shore. And avoid swimming near rocky beaches as the waves can easily slam you into these when you are not prepared.

You also need to remember some important reminders when in the beach. One is to stay within the boundery marked by flags. Also make sure that there are lifeguards in the area where you are shark attacks. You should also avoid swimming at night and with out any companions. And when you are in danger, always stay calm and raise your hand to signal assistance.