Sea lice, the likely reason you’re itching after swimming in the ocean
Have you ever been ocean swimming and felt like you’ve got an itchy bite? or come out in a rash after open water swimming?
The chances are it’s the result of what’s commonly referred to as ‘sea lice’.
In fact, it’s not ‘sea lice’ or ‘sea louse’ in the way fishermen might think of it. This type of sea lice/louse is a that affect fish by feeding on the mucus, epidermal tissue, and blood of host marine fish, and actually have nothing to do with the itchy rash you’ve experienced.
Earlier this month OceanFit was contacted by Hamro Institute of Business Technology (HIBT) who have students that come to Australia from (mainly) Nepal to study.
Nepal is a landlocked country where most people grow up without learning how to swim or how to identify dangers associated with bodies of water.
Tragically, within the last few months, six Nepalese students have drowned in Australia, and this prompted HIBT to take action and introduce a program for their students to teach them about how to stay safe when visiting the many open water location in Australia, including beaches, rivers, lakes, lagoons.
On Wednesday 22 February OceanFit welcomed 40 students to Bondi Beach for a tailored water safety education session.
Most beachgoers in Australia swim at non-tropical beaches, and so are most likely to come across the more harmless, non-tropical stinger varieties such as the common Bluebottle.
For the average person, getting stung by one will present no harmful danger, however, for the very young, elderly, people allergic to them or in extreme cases, they can present further complications.
There have been 22 drowning deaths in NSW over the holiday period, more than double the road toll in the same period.
Why are we seeing so many people drown, who are they, where are they drowning and what should we be doing to stop these preventable deaths?
Andre Slade, owner of ocean swim and safety school OceanFit, gives his thoughts to Natalie Peters on radio station 2GB.
Surf safety messages can get so complicated. There are so many rules, so many variations.
How could you possibly remember all these rules, and if you did, would you remember them and be able to act accordingly in the heat of the moment, when your life is at risk?
What if I said you only need to know one fundamental ‘rule’ when you go to the beach?
Last month we explored the world of ocean swimming and found out how easy it was to get involved.
But not everyone’s keen on becoming an ocean swimmer, for some the simple beach lifestyle is just fine.
If you only use the ocean to cool off after tanning, or while watching your kids have all the fun, here are five of my favourite pieces of beach safety advice to make you feel just that little bit safer in the water.