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10 Beach Safety Tips for Your Konkan Visit

Recently there have been many incidences in the news about people drowning on the Konkan beaches. It suddenly started appearing as if these beaches are unsafe for tourists. Many people are questioning the safety of Konkan beaches.

Are these beautiful beaches really so dangerous? Should tourists stay away from them? As our business ( hotel ) is closely related to tourism, we thought that we may throw some light on this issue. So here are some tips to enjoy your time on the Konkan beaches safely.

1.      Understand the real cause behind beach accidents

Although there are natural causes like underwater currents that we don’t have direct control over; most of the mishaps can be avoided if people understand the real reasons behind them and take some safety measures against them.

When people visit beaches, they are usually with their family or friends. While elders in the family normally warn their kids and youngsters against going deep into the seawater, this is often not the case when these kids are with friends of their age group.

Young people naturally love the thrill of diving into the seawater. However, in the fit of youthful enthusiasm, these youngsters often misjudge the might of the ocean waves. Particularly during high tide, these waves have a formidable power that can wash away even a strong person in the blink of an eye. Going deep into the sea for a swim during such times can prove to be a fatal and foolish adventure and must be cautioned against.

2.      Learn to swim

You must know how to swim before even thinking about stepping into the sea. Learn to swim in shallow waters first before you try your skills against the deeper ocean waves. Swimming in the sea water is not the same as swimming in a safe and controlled environment of a swimming pool. So although you have learned to swim in a pool, you should gain some amount of experience of swimming in the seawater.

3.      Know about the local weather

You should learn about the weather before going for a swim in the sea. You can get information about the weather conditions during that particular time of the year or season from locals like fishermen, local authorities or the weather department. You can also use some reliable online resources for your research. Avoid going for a swim when the weather is cloudy, windy and the ocean is turbulent.

4.      Watch for underwater currents

These are one of the most common causes behind the accidents that take place on some beaches. These currents can pull a person away from the shore and cause him or her to drown. Stay away from swimming at such places. Stay at least about 100 meters away from a jetty as the possibility of underwater currents is more in such regions.

5.      Avoid swimming during high-tides

Although it may sound like more thrill to dive into the ocean when the water is on the rise; it can be a dangerous time to do so. During high tides, the level of the sea rises and the waves reach far onto the shore. And when these waves go back, they can have a strong pulling power that can cause one to lose control and drown. It is therefore best to steer clear of the ocean water during high tides.

6.      Never swim alone

Avoid swimming alone in the sea and go for a swim only when there are friends with you. This way you can have some help if some unwanted incident happens. Make sure that these friends themselves are adept at swimming in the seawater. And even if you go alone, make sure that there are people around on the beach so that you might find help if you get into some trouble.

7.      Swim sober

Don’t ever try to swim when you are under the influence of alcohol. This can be a fatal mistake and cost you your precious life. Just as while driving, be sober while swimming. This way you will not only be safe but also be able to enjoy your swim more.

8.      Don’t swim after a heavy meal

The body tends to be lethargic after a heavy meal as the blood flow is more to the digestive organs than to the muscles. This is the time to enjoy a leisurely stroll on the beach or rest on the soft sand. This is certainly not the best time to test your strength against the tides.

9.      Don’t swim when you are tired or ill

Although the beach is a great place to relax your body and mind and wash away your tiredness; you should never enter the ocean water when your body is tired, sick, or weak. Your body should have enough strength and stamina to face the tides and swim back to the shore. Always go for a swim in the sea when you are physically and mentally in a strong and healthy condition.

10.  Keep a close watch on kids

Small kids can be particularly vulnerable to such mishaps on the beaches as they lack the strength to withstand the force of the waves even on the shore. It is therefore important to keep a close watch on them and accompany them while they play in the seawater.

If you will remember these tips and take the suggested precautions, your time on the magnificent Konkan beaches will be totally safe and enjoyable.

Hope you enjoyed the article and found the tips useful. Do you have any suggestions about beach safety to share with others? Please go ahead and write them in the comments below.


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