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Swim Safely This Summer 2017

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Swim Safely This Summer 2017

image of beautiful sexy woman on the beach
It’s summertime again!

The English summer weather sees swings from gales sweeping up the Channel to warm spells of settled weather.

During the latter the sky’s deep blue was reflected upon the surface of the water. The water is at its clearest.

The English Channel is actually fairly shallow in oceanic terms so the tides and gales stir up the bottom silt giving the surface its muddy appearance.

Once the weather settles down however, all the particles sink to the bottom leaving the sea looking deep, mysterious and inviting.

wave powerful enough to hurt

During gales the surface is turbulent but exciting. Large waves crash on to Brighton’s pebble beach.

I kept the icy chill at bay by wearing wetsuit shoes and gloves. By covering the extremities it makes a big difference. Also in the event of a fall I hope they’ll provide some protection.

 

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The sea at its best

 

When I swam in breaking waves it was half tide.

Brighton’s beach slopes with loose pebbles underfoot before levelling out to a sandy base.

At low tide one has to walk far out to sea to get any depth of water in which to swim.

 

image of waves race up Brighton beach
waves race up Brighton beach

 

image of Red flag- too rough to swim
Red flag- too rough to swim

At half tide the slope is steep. When large waves break there is a strong undertow as the retreating wave pulls the pebbles with it, the effect is like trying to get a firm footing on a landslide.

I was knee deep as a wave came in. The force of water pushed me over, the undertow had me on all fours as the next wave came crashing on top of me.

The pebbles were being flung with incredible force reminding me of a Biblical stoning.

I was shocked. If I got a lung full of water or knocked out I would be in grave danger. Scrambling back above the water line I looked around for potential help.

image of Lifeguards on duty-safe to swim between the two flags
Lifeguards on duty-safe to swim between the two flags

The beach lifeguards were watching me. By chance I was swimming in one of their protected zones.

The lifeguard explained;
Diving through the big wave is the safest way to launch oneself. Then try to get back in like a surfboard.

Now I always swim near them and during the summer they are on duty until 7pm.

Swim safely this summer!

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