Saturday, 14 July 2007
coming to the coast ?
As the school summer holiday begins, I hope you dear readers will indulge me while I have a little rant-ette.
The Ocean, wherever you are in the world, is not a swimming pool. Before you get into the water, appraise yourself of as much information as you can. Check the tides, ask locals/lifeguards for advice on where safe bathing areas are.
Please don't swim near danger areas like harbours and breakwaters, and keep your eye on the water..............it could be cutting you off from the beach.
The guys in the photo are some of my colleagues on the Cromer Lifeboat crew. Their broad smiles are due to the fact that they are having a great time, using their free time, training to rescue people in trouble at sea.
We don't smile much when we are looking for children who were ;
"Over there in the surf just a minute ago".
On at least one occasion during my decade on the crew, we have returned to the beach with a child, invariably picked up a good distance from the shore with their inflatable airbed/boat/ring/shark, to find one or more adults somewhat surprised that all the fuss they have just witnessed was over their little Jimmy/Jemima.
We all like a read or a nap on the beach, but PLEASE, not while the kids are in the sea.
Come to the coast, swim in the sea, have a great time, support local trade and commerce, and leave with heaps of wonderful memories.
If you do it right, you will probably be lucky enough never to meet large, sad looking men in yellow dry suits and red life jackets, who don't want to look you in the eye.