“At the seaside, be careful” is the appeal launched by the Harbour Offices of the Coastguards. Under the beach umbrella, in your boat, on your surf, don't take risks.
The following are recommendations provided by Coastguard members to prevent bathers and those who practise water sports from taking needless risks, while always respecting the sea ecosystem. For further information please visit the Coastguard website: here you'll find the most important recommendations to safely cope with the sea environment. For bathers – Things to do:
1. Avoid bathing if your psychophysical conditions are not perfect.
2. After a long exposure to the sun, get into water gradually, dampening your nape, abdomen and chest first.
3. Absolutely avoid bathing if you got sunstroke.
4. Never bathe until three hours after your last meal.
5. Never get into water when the red flag (indicating dangerous conditions for bathers) is exposed; also, never bathe if the sea is choppy, if strong winds are blowing, if there are strong currents, if water is very cold or if its temperature is well below that of the environment.
6. If you can't swim, only bathe in very shallow water and under direct supervision from someone who can swim.
7. Avoid swimming past the buoys that mark the safety distance from the coasts if you are not assisted by a boat.
8. Never go more than 50 metres from the beach when using lilos, lifebuoys, floats or small inflatable dinghies.
9. Observe the prescriptions contained in the applicable regulations, and in particular: never breach the peace of the other bathers (disturbances, games, high-volume radios); never take animals to the beach; never pitch tents, light fires or camp on the beach.Diving – To avoid any risk, from drowning to injuries, here are the precautions to be taken before diving:
1. Make sure you can swim well and are properly trained; also, never overestimate your capabilities.
2. Be careful and wear lifebuoys, water wings and other aids, if necessary.
3. Never drink alcohol before swimming, diving or sailing.
4. Never lose sight of children when they play in the swimming pool or in the water at the sea, even if they are just at the water’s edge.
5. Pay attention to tides and currents. Also, take care not to fall from boats and other crafts.
6. Carefully check water depth before diving.
7. Avoid diving into non-transparent waters that might conceal rocks, reefs and other submerged obstacles.
8. Never dive after hearty meals or prolonged exposure to the sun.
9. Finally, observe danger signs (choppy sea, currents, high tide) and preferably bathe in waters controlled by lifeguards.For jet-skis and like crafts – Jet-skis and like crafts can only sail during the day under steady weather and sea conditions, no more than one mile from the coast, with absolute prohibition from sailing:
1. Inside harbours and channels, unless following a direct route when arriving, leaving or reaching fuel service stations;
2. In areas reserved for boat anchorage and departure;
3. Near the entrance or along the access routes to harbours and channels; less than 200m from the entrance of the Rimini Sea District harbours;
4. In bathing areas and, in any case, within 500m of the shoreline, while the Beach Ordinance is in force;
5. In areas where bathing is forbidden for health reasons;
6. Less than 50m from the buoys or units signalling the presence of underwater operators.
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