Australia is known for its incredible coastline and immense, immaculate beaches. It is very likely that while traveling to Australia, you will want to include at least one stop to make one swim cooler in the turquoise waters of its seas. Here are our safety tips for a great Australian beach experience.
In which Australian beaches is it possible to swim or surf?
Whenever possible, my advice is to bathe in one beach supervised by lifeguards. Always pay attention to signs, especially those that advise against bathing. It does not mean that the lifeguards are on strike but – more simply – that the level of risk is too high. The currents may be too strong, a shark may have been spotted near the shore, or the water may be infested with jellyfish.
In any case, always follow the instructions of lifeguards e swim within the controlled areasusually identified by two flags – a rossa it’s a yellow. If, on the other hand, you intend to surf, you need to search for the areas delimited by the black and white flags.
On your tour of Australia, however, you will notice that most of the beaches are unsupervised. Giving up to take a bath in a white sand beach kissed by the crystalline sea would be a real crime! In this case, consider the following points and decide with caution:
· The more isolated a beach is, the longer it will take rescue to arrive in case of need;
· In more remote locations there are usually problems with cell phone reception;
· Sea and wind conditions can change quickly. Avoid swimming aloneeven if you are a very good swimmer;
· the underwater sand dunes they can occur anywhere and are often difficult to spot. Therefore, avoid diving, even when it seems to you that the bottom is deep enough. The number of backbone accidents in Australia is virtually identical to those of drowning. Be careful!
Many Australian beaches feature the undertow phenomenona strong return current which can easily drag the swimmer away from the shore. Predicting its behavior is not easy as it is influenced by multiple factors, such as morphology and direction of the waves.
If you get sucked into the undertow don’t panic (I know, that’s easier said than done). The undertow pushes in the opposite direction to that of the waves, if you swim parallel to the beach rather than towards it, you should be able to free yourself in a very short time. Another strategy may be to let yourself be carried away by the current, as it often disperses not far from the shoreline. If you are a good swimmer you will have no problem returning to shore, taking a slightly longer path but allowing you to stay away from the current. The important thing is not to waste energy trying to swim against it.
Irucangi and Box jellyfish
These two species of jellyfish can be found in tropical and sub-tropical Australia, mainly during the summer (November to May). The Medusa Piano they are small and transparent, practically impossible to spot in the water. Their sting can cause localized pain, disorientation, difficulty breathing and nausea. The meduse Box they are larger than the Icurangi and their sting can cause severe pain and considerable irritation.
In case you get stung, it’s important ask for specialized help by calling 000rinse with plenty of vinegar and try to extract the tentacles using tweezers.
In order to limit the damage resulting from the bites of these animals, many beaches in tropical Australia are closed from November to May. The equipped beaches have instead of special bathing areas bordered by very fine nets. For added protection it is also useful to wear a Tuta in lycrausually available on equipped beaches.
Bluebottle (or Portuguese caravel)
Although not lethal, the sting of the bluebottle it can still be annoying. This colonial animal, very similar to a jellyfish, is often dragged close to the shore by the current. Its sting can cause irritation of the affected part and localized pain, especially in children. The best treatment for irritation is hot water or ice. Remove the tentacles with tweezers and try not to scratch the affected area. Do not use vinegar. The pain usually subsides within 15 to 30 minutes while any redness passes in a couple of days.
And the sharks?
Around a dozen victims of a shark attack each year worldwide. In 2019 in Australia alone, more than 100 people died by drowning. Statistically, therefore, the chances of dying from a shark are very minimal.
Watch out for the sun
Never underestimate the power of the Australian sun. Always remember to wear one before going to the beach sunscreen with high protection factorbring with you a headgear and make sure you stay well hydrated.
Australia has a fabulous sea and going to the beach is an integral part of the local culture. No trip to Australia is complete without a good swim. Follow our suggestions and you will live an unforgettable experience in perfect safety.
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