In Sligo, weather conditions can change rapidly, so preparation and knowledge of the local conditions is a priority.
Know your water safety flags
F.L.A.G.S.To stay safe at the beach, always remember F.L.A.G.S.
F - Find the red and yellow flags and swim between them.
Always swim where there is a lifeguard on patrol, and stay inside the area marked by the red and yellow flags. Never swim where a sign says not to, or when the red flag is flying.
L - Look at the safety signs.
Always read and obey the safety signs - they will help you to avoid potential dangers on the beach, and to identify the safest areas for swimming.
A - Ask a lifeguard for advice.
If in doubt, it's always best to play it safe and ask the experts.
G - Get a friend to swim with you.
Make sure there are other people around, because you never know when help might be needed.
S - Stick your hand in the air and shout for help if you get into difficulty.
If you see someone in difficulty
Always tell a lifeguard
If you can't see one, dial 112 or 999
& ask for the coastguard
Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers, particularly for weak or non-swimmers. They most typically form at low spots or breaks in sandbars, and also near structures such as groynes, jetties and piers. Rip currents can be very narrow or extend in widths to hundreds of yards.
A rip current can be identified by a channel of churning, choppy water; an area having a notable difference in water colour; a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward; or a break in the incoming wave pattern.