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With summer reaching its peak, people are heading to the coastal states to get some respite from the heat by cooling off amid the waves. Drishti Marine, Goa's government-appointed lifeguard agency, has issued a summer advisory on simple ways to stay safe while at the beach during the hot months.
The Met Department has predicted a rise in the temperature in the coming days, so the scorching heat at the Goan beaches can result in skin rashes, sunburns, and heat strokes.
If you are heading to Goa soon, here are some of the dos and don’ts that you must keep in mind for a safe vacay:
Swim at a lifeguard beach
Always swim in the safe swim zones marked out by the lifeguards. When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags, and always swim between them. Do not venture into the no-swim zones marked with red flags. There are 22 beaches across South Goa and 16 beaches across the North Goa stretch that are lifeguarded. Additionally, lifeguards are posted at Mayem lake and Dudhsagar. It is best to visit the beach when the lifeguards are on duty between 7:30am and 6pm.
Carry essentials along
It is advisable to carry caps, umbrellas, sunscreen and a water bottle when your head out to the beach from your hotel to save yourselves from dehydration, sunburns and heat-strokes. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
If in danger, shout for help
If a child goes missing, do not panic. Alert a lifeguard immediately. If you have an encounter with a rip current while swimming, it is best to stay afloat and alert the lifeguard on duty. The lifeguards are constantly monitoring the beach and are trained to identify incidents. Never swim alone. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
Read instructions carefully
Always read and obey the safety signs usually found at the main entrance of the beach. If you are not a trained lifeguard, do not attempt to rescue anyone you see in difficulty. Instead, run and contact the nearest lifeguard or approach the lifeguard tower.