Watch Out For Waves
Waves are formed by the wind blowing across the surface of the sea. The longer the wind blows, the bigger the waves will be. How steeply the beach shelves or crests will also affect the size and type of wave.

There are three types of waves:

Surging waves never actually break. Look out for this type of wave, as they can easily knock people off their feet and drag them out to sea – especially when standing on rocks, the shoreline or harbour walls etc.


Spilling waves appear when the top of the wave tumbles down the front of the wave. These types of wave are generally the safest for swimming in.


Dumping waves break with great force and in shallow water. These dangerous waves usually occur on reefs and on sand banks or beaches that are steep. Avoid going into the sea when you see dumping waves.  

Remember: It is important to be constantly aware of waves when you are at the beach. If you see someone in trouble - tell a Lifeguard, call the Police or call VISAR immediately. Tel: 999/911/767