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Summer Safety Tips

It's the festive season, a time when holidaymakers will be flocking to the Garden Route beaches for some relaxation. Most of these popular beaches: Wilderness, Victoria Bay, Herolds Bay & Glentana/Tergniet are within close range from Pine Lodge with a maximum drive of 20 minutes to a beach. While this may be an opportunity to relax and have fun at the beach, remember that accidents can happen at any time. Have a look at these helpful safety tips to keep your family safe at the beach these holidays and enjoy your stay at Pine Lodge.

  • Always stay cool
  • Stay in Pine Lodge’s units as much as possible and watch some TV-programs (hotel bouquet
    to choose from) on our recently installed flat-screens for our guest’s convenience.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (available at our reception), even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Take several breaks from the heat, especially midday 11am to 3pm when the sun is hottest.
  • Relax in our big cool swimming pool.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured clothing, sunhats and sunscreen.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down. All our units are equipped with a bath as well as a shower for your convenience.

 

Beach safety

  • Swim only where there are lifeguards on duty and where signs indicate that it's safe to swim.
  • Make sure that lifeguards can see you when you are in the water.
  • Don't swim when lifeguards are off duty.
  • At the beach, always swim between the red and yellow flags. These indicate safe and supervised swimming areas. Areas outside these flags might conceal dangerous currents and tides. Only swim in areas where other people are present.
  • Surfers and body-boarders shouldn’t surf in areas where bait and game fish are running, where seals are present, or seabirds are diving.
  • If you find yourself in trouble, raise your arm to attract the lifeguards' attention and don’t panic.
  • If you see someone in trouble in the sea, alert the lifeguards or find help. Don't put your own life in danger as well.
  • Don't swim or drive motor boats while under the influence of alcohol. It dulls the senses, slows reaction times and can cause irresponsible behaviour. Alcohol isn’t allowed on Western Cape beaches. If you’re found with alcohol, you will be fined, and your alcohol confiscated.
  • Know how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or how to blow air into another person's lungs until help arrives.
  • Don't dive from tidal pool walls, as this has been known to result in spinal injuries.
    Swim only at low tide when no waves are breaking over the walls. The pools provide a safer option to swim in than the oceans, as the currents are kept at bay.
  • Don’t take out small or unstable boats far from shore in choppy water or stormy weather.
  • Ensure that you protect your skin from too much exposure to the sun. Too much sun can cause sunstroke/heat stroke. Keep hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, excluding alcoholic drinks.

 

Swimming pool safety

  • Children under the age of seven must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Always obey the superintendent's instructions.
  • Don’t jump or dive into the swimming pool.

 

Let's all pitch in to keep our beaches clean and clear of any litter, because litter can cause a safety hazard to humans and marine life, especially glass and plastic. Remember to leave it better than how you found it - if you see it, pick it up, and be an example to other beachgoers.


Make sure you keep the following emergency numbers memorised or saved for urgent assistance. Call 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cell phone. You can also dial 112 from any cell-phone, irrespective of your network. Dial 10111 for ambulance services. The Wilderness (the closest to our beaches) National Sea Rescue Institute emergency number would be 082 990 5955.

 

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https://www.tfgclubmagazine.co.za/blog/underrated-south-african-beaches/

https://www.flightnetwork.com/worlds-best-beaches/top-50-african-beaches/wilderness-beach/