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Eastbourne Lifeguards Give Tips on Beach Safety
With temperatures soaring throughout August and record crowds expected at this weeks Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow, Eastbourne Lifeguards are reminding all those heading to the beach to make the most of their visit with a special beach safety message.
With temperatures soaring throughout August and record crowds expected at this weeks Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow, Eastbourne Lifeguards are reminding all those heading to the beach to make the most of their visit with a special beach safety message.

The Lifeguards who manage the Blue Flag stretch of beaches from the Wish Tower to the Pier, will be patrolling the busy beaches and foreshore throughout the four day airshow and have provided the following simple tips on safety in the sea and sun.

Swimming
h Always stick to the safer bathing areas from the Wish Tower to the Pier and stay within the safety zone, which is marked 100m offshore.
h Only swim when the lifeguards are on duty - when the RED & YELLOW flag is flying.
h Do not swim when the RED flag is flying V this denotes danger!
h Avoid swimming where the BLACK & WHITE chequered flag is flying V this area is zoned for paddle craft and surf boards only.
h Do not swim alone and always tell people where you are going.
h Always swim parallel to the shore, never out to sea.
h Do not use inflatables in offshore winds, never chase an inflatable out to sea and always supervise children using inflatables.
h Avoid swimming for at least one hour after eating, after consuming alcohol or if you are cold or tired.
h If you are in any trouble, raise one hand, shout for help and do not panic.

Families with young children can also take advantage of the Kidzone Scheme Be Bright and Stay in Sight with free coloured wristbands available from the Bathing & Lifeguard Station, Bandstand Office and Deckchair Attendants.

Eastbourne Borough Council was the first authority in the country to introduce the scheme and each beach has coloured groyne tops corresponding with the wristbands, to help prevent adventurous kids getting lost.

Finally remember to SLIP, SLAP, SLOP! V Slip on a t-shirt, Slap on a hat and Slop on some sun cream, which should be at least Factor 15. Wear sunglasses and remember that the suns rays can still be strong, even when cloudy.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said As one of the top ten beaches with one of the best sunshine records in the UK, we aim to provide an enjoyable experience for all residents and visitors, and part of this includes informing people of the protective measures we all need to take when sunbathing and swimming.

Airbourne attracts over 700,000 visitors each year, so with a busy week ahead of us, I would urge all those visiting the beach listen to the Lifeguards excellent advice.

Eastbourne Lifeguards are highly proficient in life support and first aid, and also run a First Aid post from their Bathing & Lifeguard Station near the Wish Tower.

For any advice or for daily beach information updates, visit the Lifeguard team between 10am and 5pm (throughout August) or telephone 01323 412290. For information on Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow 12 V 15 August, visit www.eastbourneairshow.com.
16 August, 2004

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