Beach Users Safety Advice
Exploring East Riding's beaches is a source of endless enjoyment for everyone.
- Please leave nothing but your footprint behind.
Read the safety/public sign/bathing flag notices. They are there for your safety.
- Where lifeguards operate you are required to follow their instructions and advice.
- Respect the beaches/coastline and other people using the area.
- Check the tide times and the weather forecast before your visit and be aware of your access and exit from the beach.
- The sun's rays can be intensified by the sea and can cause certain forms of skin cancer. Avoid exposure to the sun by protecting sensitive areas, use plenty of sunscreen and wear an appropriate hat.
- For your health and safety do not enter the sea or remain on any part of the beach designated as a boat-launching channel.
- Do not obstruct the launch access of the lifeboats at Bridlington, Flamborough, Withernsea or Hornsea's inshore rescue boat.
- Motorcycles, quad bikes and other off road vehicles are not permitted on any beach.
- The lighting of fires, gas stoves or gas barbecues should not take place and permits to stage special events are issued via the foreshore office.
- Report any suspicious items to the coastguard/police, e.g. munitions, pollution or unidentified objects that may have washed ashore. For your own safety do not touch them
- Only swim between the red and yellow flags when there are lifeguards on duty.
- Do not swim when the red flag is flying or when requested not to do so by lifeguards, coastguards or council foreshore officers.
- Swim within your capabilities and always parallel to the beach.
- Do not swim within a short period after eating a meal.
- Swim with others – never alone. • Swim only where it is safe to do so avoiding rocks and breakwaters or other man-made structures.
- Do not swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Supervise children on the beach or in the water at all times.
- Do not use inflatable rings or other inflatable toys in the sea.
- Beware when diving into the sea as water depth can change and the water may cover objects.
Please visit: www.rnli.org.uk for further information.
TOMBSTONING OR JUMPING FROM HEIGHT INTO THE SEA
It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT jump from a height into the sea. However, if you choose to do so please assess the risks and hazards and consider the following:
- Never jump from any object into the sea whilst under peer pressure, the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Check the depth of the water you are jumping into. Remember tides can go in and out very quickly so while it may start off deep enough it can soon become shallow.
- Check for hazards in the water you are jumping into. Rocks and groynes under the sea may not be visible through the surface – but you will certainly feel them if you jump onto them.
INFLATABLE BOATS, BEDS AND TUBES
- The use of such inflatables is not encouraged.
- These items have contributed towards several tragedies around the British coastline.
- The tides on the East Coast can be very unpredictable and with an offshore wind, inflatables can quickly be carried out to sea.
- Children should not be left unsupervised.
WEAVER FISH (approximately 14cm long):
Can be a potential hazard. They are found all around the coast of the United Kingdom in areas with warm shallow water and a sandy beach. The fish buries itself in the sand leaving only its head and black dorsal fin visible in order to surprise its prey. Each year a small number of people are stung when standing on the dorsal fin of a weaver fish whilst paddling.
The sting feels like a sharp stab and is very painful but will not leave any permanent damage.
The best treatment is to place the affected foot in a bowl of hot water until the pain subsides. The heat helps to break down the poison and also increases the blood flow to the sting aiding natural healing.
Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea all have First Aid posts (April to September) where help and advice can be sought. Seek medical advice if you have any concerns. To avoid the risk of being stung it is advisable to wear beach/jelly shoes when paddling
Can also be a potential hazard as they are occasionally found along the coast. If one stings you do not rub the affected area, as this will cause more pain. Spray the area with cold seawater and apply ice (if available). Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea all have First Aid posts (April to September) where medical advice can be sought. Seek medical advice if you have any concerns.
BARREL JELLYFISH rhizostoma octopus Common.
Up to 100cm in diameter. This large jellyfish has eight long tentacles, hence the name "octopus". Usually harmless, but can sometimes cause a minor sting.
BLUE cyanea lamarckii Fairly rare.
Approximately 30cm in diameter. Usually harmless, but can sometimes cause a minor sting.
PORTUGUESE MAN-OF-WAR physalia physalis Rare.
Up to 30cm in length on top part of body and about 15cm in height out of the water. It's tentacles can cause painful lesions to the skin.
COMPASS chrysarora hysoscella Common.
Approximately 30cm in diameter. Usually harmless, but can sometimes cause a minor sting.
LION'S MANE cyanea capillata Common.
50cm in diameter. Usually harmless but can occasionally cause a painful sting
Dog control byelaws are in place on the main resort beaches and a seasonal dog ban (1 May to 30 September) applies to the exercising of dogs on the award-winning beaches at Hornsea and Withernsea.
- Please keep your dog on a lead on all promenades.
- Under the Dog Control Order Act 2006 and the Dogs (Fouling of Land Act 1996) "it is an offence for anyone in charge of a dog to fail to clean up after it has fouled designated land".
- Please be a responsible dog owner - remember that dogs are affected by hot weather and can intimidate young children playing. Keep your dog on a lead and under control.
- Clean up after your dog - bag it and bin it!
A person in charge of a dog shall be guilty of an offence if, during the period specified (from 1 May - 30 September), he takes a dog onto, or permits a dog to enter or to remain on, any of the beaches detailed below:
- Bridlington North Beach
- Bridlington South Beach
- Hornsea Beach
- Withernsea Beach
In the first instance this offence may be dealt with by way of a fixed penalty notice of £75. Where offenders fail to pay the fixed penalty notice further legal action may be taken against the person in control of the dog at the time of the offence.
Observe local byelaws and regulations on rights of access. Follow the country code at all times.
- Horses are not allowed access to and may not be ridden on the award winning beaches of Bridlington, Hornsea or Withernsea (see information notices).
- Riders/owners should check the area they are using for hidden dangers in the sand and water.
- Extended gallops or racing is not permitted in any area.
- Horse owners are requested not to use the beaches when they are busy and be aware of other activities in the area.
- Riders should dismount and horses should be walked when near other beach users and boat launching areas.
QUADS, MOTORCYCLES AND VEHICLES
No mechanical-powered vehicles are allowed on East Riding's beaches or associated dunes without written permission. Any vehicles without permission that access these areas will be deemed in breach of the law and may be prosecuted.
ANGLING/FISHING FROM THE BEACH
Anglers are asked to follow the Angling Trust Conservation Code of Conduct for Sea Anglers.
- Do not discard line, hooks or any other tackle.
- For health and safety reasons fishing with a rod and line from the Bridlington Promenade, Bridlington North, Bridlington South, Hornsea and Withernsea award-winning beaches is not permitted from 1 May to the 30 September.
- Fishing with fixed engine/nets on any East Riding beach is not permitted unless the fisherman is the holder of a licence from the Environment Agency or the North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Committee together with the written permission of East Riding of Yorkshire Council to carry out such activity.
- Any equipment found on the beach without permission and/or incorrectly anchored will be confiscated and the owner will incur costs for the return of such items.
CONVENTIONAL HAND KITES, POWER AND SURF KITING
These hobbies are dangerous for both participants and other beach users so care should be exercised when in the vicinity of flying kites irrespective of size. Parents are required to supervise young persons for their own safety as well as that of others. Please adopt the British Buggy Club safety Guidelines and the code of conduct which cover kite buggying, kite land boarding, power kiting and kite surfing.
- Anyone using these power and surf kites/buggy's must hold current and specific third party insurance.
- Always obey signs, local byelaws, or the directions of landowners, officers of the council or coastguards.
- All flyers must assess the risks and hazards prior to each launch and take account of structures and other beach or water users.
- An experienced adult must supervise all children and learners.
- It is advisable to wear appropriate safety equipment.
- Give way to any horse riders and pedestrians by keeping a safe distance from them.
- Respect and observe the rights of all other beach users.
Everyone beach combing or using metal detecting equipment should familiarise themselves with the law concerning protected sites and follow the current advice on the handling, care and storage of archaeological objects.
- Minimise any ground/sand disturbance and follow the code of practice issued for metal detecting in England and Wales.
- Call the Police and coastguard and notify them if you find anything that may be suspicious or dangerous.
For further information about obtaining a metal detecting licence visit the crown estate website
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