How to Stay Safe at the Seaside

All of our UK holiday parks are in beautiful coastal locations in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset & Wales. We always encourage our guests to enjoy a day at the beach; however it is also very important to keep our guests safe whilst at the beach.

Here are some top safety tips to remember when you are enjoying a day at the seaside during your UK break with John Fowler Holidays.

Tide Times

Be sure to check the tide times before you head to the beach as they vary from day to day and throughout the holiday season.


The RNLI launched their Respect the Water campaign in 2017 and advised people: Float to Live. If you fall into cold water you instinctively gasp for air, increasing your chance of inhaling water. Instead, relax and float for around 90 seconds to minimise this risk. Here u=is the RNLI’s 5 steps to float:

1. Fight your instinct to thrash around

2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs

3. If you need to, gently move your arms and legs to help you float

4. Float until you can control your breathing

5. Only then, call for help or swim to safety

Rip Currents

Rips are strong currents running out to sea, which can quickly drag people out of their depth and into deep water. If you get caught in a rip current, try to stay calm and don’t try to swim against it or you’ll get exhausted. If you can stand up, try to wade rather than swim, if you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore. Always raise your hand and shout for help.

The best way to avoid rip currents is to choose a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red and yellow flag.

Safety in the sun

It’s an obvious one but nobody wants their UK holiday ruined by sunburn or sunstroke, so make sure you slap on that factor 30, put on your sun hat and find some shade as even on the cloudiest of days on the beach can be deceiving!

UK Beach Holiday tips

Beaches with Lifeguards

Wherever possible, when you are planning a day at the beach, go to a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. Always assess your swimming ability and the conditions of the sea before you go for a swim and make sure you are not alone.

If you see a red flag on the beach, this means it’s dangerous to swim and you shouldn’t enter the water.

For more information about water safety, visit

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