Dos and dont's for a safe beach holiday
Kiwis just love the beach. Surf, sand, sunbathing – what’s not to like? We’ve put together some things to keep in mind for a stress and drama-free beach holiday.
Kiwis love the beach. Surf, sand, sun – what’s not to like? Especially with all the beautiful beaches we have around the country. We also love to travel a little further, visiting our Aussie neighbours or relaxing in resorts in the Pacific Islands. Here’s our Tower guide of helpful reminders to make your next beach holiday a safe and fun one.
Do know the risks
The ocean is a wonderful place but can be dangerous, and every beach has its own risks. New Zealand beaches can have unsuspecting big waves and strong rips, whereas overseas dangers can include shark warnings, and sharp coral underfoot. Play it safe and do your research before heading away.
Do take care in the sun
There’s a high UV rating in New Zealand and Australia, which means sunburn can be a risk in just 15 minutes of exposure! Keep covered and reapply the sunblock, remembering those sneaky bits like ears, lips, neck and yes – bald spots too.
Do understand your cover
Make sure you know exactly what your insurance covers in a beach or ocean environment. Some policies cover you for snorkeling but won’t cover you if something goes wrong while you’re diving with air tanks unless you have an internationally-recognised diving qualification.
Don't swim if it isn't safe
Red and yellow flags are a familiar sight at New Zealand beaches, letting us know it’s safe to swim and lifeguards are on duty. You’ll find similar flags further afield such as Bondi Beach in Sydney. No flags? The beach might be unsafe so if in doubt, stay out.
Don't skip your shots
If you’re travelling to more exotic beaches, check with your doctor which vaccinations you’ll need before you go. Hepatitis A is a recommended vaccination for all travellers.
Do drink responsibly
When the sun’s shining and you’re relaxing on the beach, it’s tempting to turn to a cold brew or two. If you do, make sure to drink some water, stay out of the sea and don’t drive. Even better, save the drinks until you’re back at home base.