Many say Fuerteventura is a European island paradise, so why do many people drown every year? The answer for many is simply because they are careless. We have the most beautiful beaches in the Canaries, which are surrounded by the very clean and cool ATLANTIC OCEAN, but it's a living thing and we must respect it's power.
Beach flags are only an indication, a green flag "safe" DOES NOT mean you cannot drown!!Yellow and Red flags indicate (more) dangerous conditions, even if not apparent to you, and of course, with respect to our local councils, flags may not be checked daily. Our lifeguard service is only "full time" during the summer months, so here's a few do's & don'ts:
- Don't swim alone on deserted beaches or off rocks.
- Take a look at the ocean before you run in, a heavy surf is fun but can knock you over (and under!)
- Don't drink or eat too much before swimming and ALWAYS STAY IN YOUR DEPTH,
- Swimming along the beach, not out to sea.
Riptides are a problem, it's a strong narrow current that flows under the surface away from the beach, if you get caught in one don't fight it, conserve your strength, go with the flow, and raise one arm in distress, the rip will normally "spit you out" further down the beach. Children must NEVER be swimming unsupervised, the emergency number is 112, and finally, try to remember, if you get into difficulties, DON'T FIGHT, FLOAT!