Swim or surf where there is supervision by the Rescue Brigade.
Never swim at the breakwaters.
Make sure you can still stand up to chest height is a good guideline.
Never allow children to enter the water unsupervised.
Read and obey the signs!
If you are not sure if it is safe, ask a lifeguard!
Do not swim just after you eat.
Do not enter the water under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is dangerous!
Never run or dive into the water. Even if you think it is safe, underwater conditions are constantly changing.
If you get in trouble, try to stay as calm as possible! Call for help, swing your arms. Stay afloat and wait for help.
Be careful with floating objects.
With floating objects in the sea is never without risk. But especially with offshore wind it is dangerous and therefore forbidden to use air mattresses, boats, etc. The chance of drifting is then too great. However, always be careful with floating objects, never swim behind drifting objects.
Watch out for mice.
A mouse is a seaward-directed current. This can be between two sandbanks, but also in the vicinity of breakwaters. In a mouse the current is stronger and the water deeper. A mui can be recognized from the beach by the lack of the white foam mass that forms when the waves break. In a mouse spot the waves do not break and therefore there is no foam formation.
What should you do if you get into a mouse?
A mouse is dangerous because the current is stronger inside a mouse than outside it. When you get into a mouse it is difficult to get out because of the current. It is best to swim in the direction of the current. That means that you go out to sea for a while. When you feel that the current is getting less, swim diagonally to the nearest sandbar. This will take you back to the beach.
Keep an eye on the children.
Children can often become so absorbed in their play that they forget the whole world around them. Similarly on the beach. It is important that you as a parent keep a close eye on your child. Do not let your child swim alone or with other children. Make sure there is always an adult nearby.
What should you do if you have lost your child?
You may lose sight of your child. If this happens, notify the lifeguard as soon as possible. This can ensure that your child is back with you as soon as possible. It can also happen that the lifeguard finds a child who has lost his or her parents. In both cases, the lifeguards will hoist a white flag with a question mark, so that everyone can see that a child has been lost or found.