The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has warned beachgoers to be cautious this week, following spring tide.
The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says that swells come up higher than usual during spring tide, which peaked on Sunday.
A spring tide is the large rise and fall of the tide at or soon after the new or the full moon, Lambinon explains.
Spring tides occur twice each lunar month all year long without regard to the season.
During spring tide you have a higher than normal high tide and lower than normal low tide. This brings along much stronger rip currents.— Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson
We always urge caution around the full moon and the new moon.— Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson
Lambinon says the effects of spring tide will be visible for the next few days.
We urge people to be cautious, at least until the end of the week.— Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson
Lambinon has advised that parents be extra vigilant along the coast and make sure that children are supervised at all times.
The NSRI has urged people to inform themselves about the times of the tide and and visit beaches where there are lifeguards on duty.
Visit the NSRI website to learn more on safety"
Take a listen Craig Lambinon share advice on how to respond if caught in a rip current: