Beach Safety

Swimming at the beach can be tricky. Every beach has its own unique profile and hazards that you may need to look out for. Therefore, in order to have a hassle free and fabulous time at the beach, we have compiled some beach safety information. We hope that this helps you to be more aware of the possible dangers out at sea as well as how to avoid them.

Beach Safety Tips

  • Always swim between the Red and Yellow (swim here) flags, where the area is closely supervised by our Beach Patrol Officers.
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
  • Children are to be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Always swim with a Buddy.
  • For more beach safety tips, download our beach safety brochure here.

International Flags System

The Sentosa Beach Patrol team uses flags to advise guests on water conditions. Can you spot these on the beach?

Red and Yellow Flag

Red and Yellow Flag

The red and yellow (SWIM HERE) flags mark a recommended swim area, where a lifesaving service is operating. Swim between the flags and the Beach Patrol Officers can watch over you.

 

Red Flag

Red Flag

The RED flag indicates that there are dangers present and that you should not enter the water. These possible dangers could be due to:

  • Lightning Warning
  • Strong Currents
  • Jellyfish Season
  • Other hazards (oil spill, poor visibility, flotsam)

DO NOT SWIM WHEN THE RED FLAG IS UP!

When in doubt, do not hesitate to approach any of the Beach Patrol Officers wearing the colors of the flags; Red and Yellow. We will be happy to assist you.

Signs

There are constant hazards present on the beach. For your own safety and to help you look out for them, there are signs around. Do keep a lookout for these!

Signs

Hazards

There are several hazards that can be found on the beach or in the waters. Here are several to look out for:

Drop-off point:

Most people who need rescuing at the beach have been caught off guard at the drop-off point.

Drop-off point

Due to the underwater current and tidal changes, the bottom of the seabed moves and changes. These constant movements of the sand create a drop-off point.

Protect Yourself:

  • Always swim between the Red and Yellow flags. The red and yellow flags symbolize an area that is recommended for swimming. Furthermore, our Beach Patrol Officers will be looking out for your safety here.
  • If caught at the drop off point, don’t panic. Lunge towards shore. In most cases, you are only a step away from safety. Or else, raise your hand up and shout for help to attract attention.
  • If someone else is in trouble, throw a lifebuoy that you can find along the beaches and alert the Beach Patrol Officers.

Rocks

The rock bunds are very beautiful man-made creations to look at. However, they are only nice to see but not to touch. Sharp barnacles, algae and seashells grow on the rocks, which may cause you to slip or get injured when you climb onto them.

Rocks

The rock bund areas are where marine creatures build their homes too. Therefore, to avoid being stung by poisonous marine creatures, do not swim near the rock areas.

Protect yourself:

  • Swim at designated Red and Yellow flag area
  • Read and obey safety signs
  • Enter the water slowly and shuffle your feet in front of you. This gives the marine creatures time to move away

Marine Creatures

Sentosa is home to several marine creatures. They are all a part of the natural eco system that beautifies the underwater world. However, several of these may be dangerous. The most common of these dangerous creatures are the jellyfish and stonefish.

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

What are jellyfish?

Jellyfish are bell-shaped sea creatures and can be transparent or partially transparent. They have long tentacles and if the jellyfish’s tentacles brush against your skin, it will release poison or venom.


Protect Yourself:

  • If you spot them in the water, stay clear
  • Immediately inform any Beach Patrol Officers
  • Do not touch or pick up any jellyfish washed up onto shore. They may still sting you.

Signs and Symptoms of Sting

  • Burning sensation, followed by appearance of a red welt on skin
  • Varying from case to case, some victims may experience non-localized allergic reactions, such as difficulty in breathing and itching

First Aid if Stung

  • Avoid touching the wound
  • Alert any Beach Patrol Officers immediately
  • Rinse with seawater; avoid fresh water
  • Pour vinegar on area stung
  • The Beach Patrol Officers will perform basic first aid procedures and recommend further medical attention if needed.

Stonefish

Stonefish

What are stonefish?

The stonefish looks like a stone or a rock. They have 13 spikes on their back that releases poison if you step on it.


Protect Yourself:

  • When wading in shallow water or at low tide, shuffle one foot in front of the other to disturb the sand or shoreline. This gives the stonefish time to move away.
  • Stay away from the rock bunds
  • Do not touch or pick up objects that resemble a stone
  • Immediately inform any Beach Patrol Officers if you think you have spotted one

Signs and Symptoms of Sting

  • Immediate pain and swelling with blue and black punctured wound
  • Other possible symptoms: muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, numbness etc.
  • Severity of symptoms varies from case to case

First Aid if Stung

  • Alert any Beach Patrol Officers immediately
  • Do not attempt to restrict blood circulation around the wound
  • The Beach Patrol Officers will perform basic first aid procedures and recommend further medical attention

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Everyone loves going to the beach to soak in the sun. But overexposure to the sun is harmful for the skin. You may get sun burnt and in the long run, perhaps even skin cancer.

To protect yourself:

  • Wear a long sleeve shirt
  • Put on a cap
  • Pile on the shades
  • Generously apply sun block (min SPF 15)

Check out the website of our official sun care sponsor, Block Up!

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Important Things to Note

Here are some rules to take note of on Sentosa beaches:

  • Life vests are required for users of inflatable watercraft i.e. canoe, kayak, inflatable boat
  • No motorized watercraft are allowed
  • No fishing is allowed on Sentosa
  • BBQ and overnight camping are not allowed on the island (pitching of tents are allowed from 7am-7pm)
  • Keep your pets leashed at all times and pick up after your pets