Tides and Waves
Don't get cut off by the tide. Always check the tide times for the beach you are visiting before you leave.
Waves: If you're paddling, swimming or boarding here is more information on waves to help you decide whether to go out or stay ashore.
Surge Wave: Surging waves do not break and can easily knock someone over, dragging them out to sea. Particularly on from the shore, sea defences, harbour walls, rocks, jetties, etc.
Spill Wave: Spilling waves are when the top of the wave falls down the front of itself. This is generally the safest waves to swim in.
Dumping Waves: Dumping waves are very powerful and occur in shallow water, normally at low tide. Avoid going into the sea when you see dumping waves.
The weather - and why it's a hazard:
You can easily be caught out with the wrong type of equipment or gear if the weather changes suddenly. A forecast is even more important if you're going to be going out on the water.
Always check the weather before you head out on a trip to the coast. A wide range of weather forecasts is available at both the BBC Weather or Met Office websites.
If you're unsure about the weather conditions or have questions about safety on your local beach you can also contact your local Coastguard Station.
CHECK TIDE TIMES WHEN VISITING THE COAST.
THE PILGRIMS WAY: If you are planning on walking the pilgrims way (across the sand beds) contact Holy Island Coastguard if your unsure of the tide and weather.