Enjoying Gwynedd's coastline safely
With forecasts for sunny weather, Gwynedd Council is urging residents and visitors to take care if they go out to enjoy the beach.
As Covid-19 restrictions ease, more people are expected to visit the coast and the Council wants to ensure that anyone intending to visit the seaside does so safely and treats the coastline with respect.
Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for the Economy, said:
"With a significant numbers of people visiting our beautiful beaches every year, we want to remind everyone who intend to go to the seaside to plan ahead by checking the weather forecast, tides and treating the sea with respect.
“Gwynedd's coastline is breathtakingly beautiful, but it is important that everyone who visits it are aware of the dangers of the coast and prepare in advance.
“We urge everyone to exercise caution before venturing into the water and ensure that they follow all safety instructions.
“There are clear warning signs in place at various beaches and our beach staff will be on-duty at the most popular locations to advise members of the public of the dangers. So enjoy, but be careful not to put yourself and others at risk unnecessarily.”
Unfortunately, accidents happen on the coast every year. But many of these accidents can be avoided by planning ahead and following the guidelines available. So, before visiting, Gwynedd Council encourages everyone to:
- prepare and have a plan - check weather forecasts, tide times and read local signs and warnings;
- if you are on the beach, keep a close eye on your family and others - on the beach and in the water;
- do not allow a member of your family to swim or bathe alone. Although the sun is shining the sea water is very cold at this time of year;
- do not use inflatable equipment without a safety cord anchored to the shore;
- do not swim or venture into the sea whilst there is a red flag or any other signs advising against swimming;
- in an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Barry Davies from Gwynedd Council's Maritime Service added: "A number of Council staff will be available to offer advice on Gwynedd's beaches over the coming weeks.
“Gwynedd Council's beach wardens are there to advise people going to the seaside, but with nearly 180 miles of coastline, our beach wardens can't be everywhere at once.
“We want people to enjoy the beach and the sea safely, please dispose of your litter responsibly. Think about those around you and don't put yourself and others at risk.”
For more information about beaches in Gwynedd go to www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/maritime