Our My Beach, My Water information service will provide information about the conditions and facilities at the beaches in Trinidad and Tobago. We will also provide beach safety tips and resources to allow you to have a safe and enjoyable time at the beach. These services will be available through an easy-to-use web application available on your desktop, tablet or mobile phone.
Tower C, Levels 20-21 International Waterfront Complex
# 1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain
We at My Beach, My Water Ltd. have collaborated with The Lifeguard Service of the Ministry of National Security and are pleased to bring you these water safety tips as prepared by Lifeguard Sylvester and others. We want to wish you and your family a safe, sustainable and enjoyable Easter weekend and for the Christian community may it be a fulfilling spiritual experience as well. Please be safe on the beaches and in the waterways of the nation and remember to listen to the lifeguards they are your friends and lifelines at all times when on the beaches as they know the dangers and will try their best to keep you aware and safe!
WATER SAFETY TIPS
Children must be supervised at all timesin and around water, no further than an arm’s reach away. Children can drown in a few inches of water, in a few seconds.
Alertness to potential hazards has saved lives. Be alert! Avoid dangerous bathing areas e.g. near rocks, rough waters, pot holes, shifting sand, rip currents etc.
Inflatable tubes, air mattresses, etc. can be potential danger. No swimmers and weakswimmers should never be allowed in deep water with these floats. It gives one a false sense of security.
Never swim alone swim with a friend, swim near to the shore line and parallel.
None and weak swimmers should not go into waters deeper than waist level.
Alcohol and water activity should not be mix, it impairs ones judgement, balance, coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces your body’s ability to stay warm.
Under water swimming should be done for short distances only. Don’t hyperventilate (deep breathing) before swimming underwater. Hyperventilation may cause one to lose consciousness suddenly without warning while under water.
You can perform a non-swimming rescue of someone, by reaching, throwing, wading or simple call for help.
Diving into unknown / shallow waters is dangerous. It is not worththe risk.
Fishing from sloping and slippery rocksis dangerous. Good balance and secure foothold are vital.
Do not push others under water.
If caught in a rip current, swim sideway (left or right) until free, don’t swim against the current pull (towards shore).
Boating do not over load the boat, you should wear a life jacket on all small craft.
Look for, read, and obey all beach safety flags and signs.
Ask a lifeguard about water conditions. Report all hazardous condition to lifeguards.
Do not swim/bathe in-front / in-line of a red flag. Do bathe /swim between two red & yellow flag.