Good Practice Guide
Watch out for wildlife
- If you want to go rock pooling while you are at the beach then find out how you can do it without disturbing the rock pool wildlife by looking at the rock pooling activity page.
- Report live strandings of cetaceans, and injured/entangled marine mammals to British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on 01825 765546 (24 hours). Report all other live injured or entangled animals to RSPCA 0300 1234 999.
Watch out for other users
- Beaches are great because there are so many different things you can do at them. Help everyone enjoy their time at the beach by looking out for other users and sharing the beach.
Watch out for the environment
- Take home all your rubbish – discarded rubbish found in the sea or on beaches spoils people’s experience of the Dorset coast, can harm marine creatures and birds, and can be a hindrance to fishermen with litter getting tangled up in their nets. Find out more about Marine litter in Dorset
The RNLI have a detailed guide to beach safety. Follow these simple steps to stay safe:
- If you are planning on swimming or surfing when you are at the beach then visit the iCoast activity pages to find out how you can do this in a fun and safe way.
- Check the weather and tides – if you are planning to walk along the beach when the tide is out then make sure you know when tide is coming back in again; otherwise your path back might be blocked by a headland.
- Be sun smart
- Always wear SPF factor 30 and above waterproof sun cream. Reapply frequently.
- Drink plenty of fluids as you dehydrate faster while exercising.
- Consider taking a rest and seeking shade during the hottest part of the day.
Inflatable toys are enjoyable to use in the sea while you are at the beach but currents and tides can mean that they are very dangerous because there is a chance you can get swept out to sea. The RNLI strongly advise against inflatables in the sea but state that if you do want to use them then always do it at a lifeguarded beach, in between the red and yellow flags, and always tie them to the shore.
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