Family Beach Day Guide

Beach days can be a hectic time for families.

Children love the beach, it’s the greatest playground on earth! But as a parent it can be a daunting experience, because while it’s loads of fun, it’s also busy with no boundaries and packed with potential dangers.


Plan your family day at the beach using this handy guide:

  • Keep an eye on the weather so you know what to expect.
  • Visit and check the beach you’re going to will be patrolled by lifeguards and read any warnings issued.
  • Pack water and small snacks to keep hydrated and energised. Smaller snacks = less time waiting for food to digest before swimming.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen, a t-shirt and a hat. For super sun protection take a large umbrella or beach tent.
  • Learn the OceanFit Ocean Responsibility Code and use it to teach your kids how to have fun and stay safe at the beach.
  • Get to the beach early to avoid the crowds and miss the heat of the day.
  • Head straight for the red and yellow flags and stay there while swimming. They’re also great for creating boundaries for children when out of the water.
  • Always keep within sight and arms reach of your children. Leave the newspaper or book at home – you’re on kid watch!
  • Do a beach sweep before you leave for equipment, rubbish and the kids!
  • Take ice-cream money because there’s no better way to end a day at the beach.


Here’s a handy checklist of things you might need for a fun and safe day at the beach:

  • Swimsuit & towel
  • Thongs or sand shoes
  • Warm clothes for after swimming
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses & wide brimmed hat
  • Drink bottle and small snacks
  • Beach toys: frisbee, ball, bucket and spade
  • Body boards & surfboards with safety leashes & fins
  • Goggles and swim cap
  • Snorkel, mask and flippers
  • Beach cricket set or a bat and ball
  • Large beach blanket
  • Picnic lunch and plastic bag for rubbish
  • Beach chairs
  • Sun umbrella or sun shelter
  • Plastic bucket for wet clothes & towels in car
  • Money for ice-creams and other beach treats
  • Camera
  • Learn The OceanFit Ocean Responsibility Code
  • Sunsmart time of day: before 11am & after 4pm
  • Checked for a patrolled beach

By Andre Slade
Andre is the founder of OceanFit & experienced ocean safety educator.


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