Summer holidays mean sun, sea and surf, and with the announcement that Rocky Bay has received pilot Blue Flag status, this is a top contender for the festive season. For those heading to this Scottburgh destination, or other beaches along the South African coastline, it’s important to come prepared.
“The wonderful subtropical climate and our warm Indian Ocean really make Rocky Bay the ultimate summer holiday spot, with great swimming and surfing opportunities here,” commented Annien Koulountis, Resorts Manager at Rocky Bay Resorts.
“It’s also such a family-focused destination, with the young ones able to discover marine life in the rock pools during low tide at Granny’s Pool, while those looking for open-water adventure can scuba dive off one of the world’s top dive sites at Aliwal Shoal. But to ensure everyone has the best possible seaside adventure, we’ve shared some beach tips to remember.”
1. Blue Flag
If there is an option, Blue Flag Beaches are best as they meet international standards for accessibility, facilities and amenities, safety (lifeguards), cleanliness and responsibility towards the environment.
Only ever swim at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty to keep safe. Always listen to their advice and follow their guidance on where and when to swim. They are the experts.
3. Avoid inflatables
Tubes and inflatables shouldn’t be used at the beach as they can be blown away from shore very easily and do not act as a swimming safety device. Rather save these for use in the pool – which is available at Rocky Bay Resorts.
4. Supervise children
Children must always be supervised at the beach, even if they’re just in the shallows or rock pools. Do not get distracted by a book or cellphone, as accidents can happen very quickly.
5. Rip currents
When caught in a rip current, it’s important to stay calm as it will not pull you underwater, but rather away from shore. Swim out of the rip current, parallel to the shore, and follow the breaking waves back to the shore at an angle. If in trouble, wave a hand so the lifeguards are aware.
6. Face the ocean
Never turn your back on the ocean, particularly when climbing on or fishing from rocks. It’s best to wear a life jacket in these instances, particularly in spring high tide.
7. Check the tides
Plan your beach day around the tides, with low tide the best time to go for younger ones. Keep an eye on the tide and monitor as it’s coming in.
8. Take a buddy
When going to the beach, never swim alone. Take a friend with you so that there is someone to call for help if needed.
9. Go prepared
When heading out for a day at the beach, remember to take everything you’re going to need. This includes lots of water for rehydration, sunscreen, snacks and some form of shade such as an umbrella. Keep valuables hidden away from sight.
10. Choose your accommodation
For the ultimate seaside holiday, try to find accommodation that is close to the beach. Whether you’re camping or in a holiday cabin, being close to the beach means you will really be getting the most out of your summer holiday fun.
Rocky Bay Resorts is an all-inclusive, family-friendly seaside destination. There are so many activities to keep everyone entertained, from biking and running trails in the indigenous forest, to deep sea fishing, snorkelling, jet skiing, scuba diving, shark cage diving, boat rides and more.
The National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) Base Station 39 is at Rocky Bay Beach for enhanced bather safety. The emergency number 072 652 5158.
The Caravan Park and Lodge have jungle gyms and freshwater swimming pools to keep youngsters entertained. There’s also the on-site bike shop, Badger’s Cycling and Sports Centre; scuba diving charter, Mokarran Dive Charters; shark cage diving charter, Shark Cage Diving KZN and Restaurant, Dock 360.
Rocky Bay Resorts has accommodation ranging from one-bedroom log cabins to a six-sleeper, three-bedroom log cabins and a Caravan Park with many sites offering sea views. To add to the festive fun, Rocky Bay Resorts is offering 20% off all new reservations received for selected Log cabins and Campsites. (T&Cs apply).
Visit www.rockybay.co.za or like the @RockyBayResorts Facebook page to find out more about these specials and events. To book accommodation at the Rocky Bay Resorts log cabins or Caravan Park, call 039 976 0336. Book the beach break of your dreams today: https://enquiries.rockybay.co.za/
*Source: National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
Disclaimer: Rocky Bay Trails are maintained but not manicured to retain more of an ‘adventure experience’. Visitors use the trails at their own risk. There are no collection or rescue services for any emergency.