How to avoid a ‘shocker’ at the beach
Posted September 06, 2019 13:00:23There’s a certain beauty to having the ocean at your feet, especially when it’s cold.
But you can also have it at your back.
There’s no escaping the reality of the sea when you’re trying to get a good view of the horizon, but it’s not always the case.
When you’re heading out on the beach, there’s a lot of uncertainty and you might be tempted to look out for things that don’t belong there, like boats.
“You have to be aware that it’s there, and it’s got a lot to do with visibility and weather conditions,” says Scott Kavanagh, who is a member of the beach safety council of the Western Australian Government.
“It’s not uncommon for us to have things like fishing nets in the water, but there’s also a lot more that can be happening around us than we think.”
He says there are two main things you can do to minimise the risk.
You can take a picture of what’s happening and let it settle, or you can look back and look at where the boat is.
Kavanagh says if you see something you don’t like, it’s best to take a photo to let the other party know.
“The second thing that you can try to do is be aware of where the tide is,” he says.
He says a lot will depend on where you are, and how you’re travelling.
Some places are really flat and don’t give a good picture, he says, and you may also be able to get to an area you think isn’t safe.
If you’re looking to take photos of the water and the waves, you can either take a beach safety video or take a free camera course.
The beach safety course for beginners is $80 and costs $20 per person.
Find out more about the WA beach safety councils.
For more information about how to avoid going out on a boat, check out ABC News Breakfast.