Sunil Dhadwe

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Tips for Beach Trips


I was shocked when I read this news “Pune’s 14 college students lost their lives on Murud beach” 😦
whose Responsibility it was ?
who allowed this trip OR teachers who were there to manage this trip n take care of students OR  students who always do what they want to do OR their parents who allowed their children for this trip ????  Now there is no point in discussing all this.

It was a college trip and I am taking such trips for many years. All these trips create memories for your LIFE, but accidents may happen especially when it’s group tour. Nobody can control each and everything. Still as a individual we need to be careful during trip.
For safe trip, I am sharing some tips with you :

  • If you are going for water sports, make sure you wear life jacket ( ask them ). They must have it and If they don’t have then better avoid them.IMG_20160116_114442
  • Don’t force others to come in deep water. Let them take their own judgement. Many a times it’s a peer pressure due to which even non swimmers go in deep water to show off how much they can dare.
  • Don’t go in deep water even if you are swimmer. Remember it’s a sea and not a swimming pool. Swimming pool has life guard support whereas our sea has no life guards available on beach (some beaches in GOA, India do have Life guards). Also there is different effect of high/low tide in sea which we don’t experience in swimming pool.  In case of low tide if you go in deep water and if water starts fetching you inside then it will be difficult for life guards or near by people to save you. Also it will take lot of time to reach you as you went in deep water.
  • Avoid risky plays in Sea. Teenagers n specially boys tend to make groups and target somebody and try to drown them for fun. Remember Your fun can take somebody’s LIFE.IMG_1973.JPG
  • Try to be in clear visible distance of your group members and group leader/teacher. Sometimes couple tend to go far from groups to achieve privacy.
  • Don’t go alone. Inform your group leader or senior person with whom you are going.
  • Be careful while taking photo.
    Now a days people are selfie/photo freak. Many a times to get different photo than others people take risk to get that special shot which may turn to be your life’s last shot.
  • Drink more water to avoid dehydration and cramps.
    It’s commonly found that people get cramps especially  in water. It’s mainly because before going in water, people play on beach for long time which dehydrates your body. On many beaches drinking water is not available and it’s available people don’t want to spend money for water. So carry your own water bottle on beach and keep drinking water regularly. Prefer coconut water which is radially available near beaches.
  • Always listen to locals. They know that sea/beach very well and experienced it from years. so take local tips from them.
  • Avoid going to beach/sea in afternoon from 11am to 3pm.
    Normally many one day trips reach beach destinations in afternoon and they have to return back in evening, so only time they have is afternoon on beach.  Best time to go on beach/sea  is morning 6-10 or in evening 4 to 6:30.
  • Wear sun caps or hats , sun glasses (goggles) if You have to go on beach in afternoon. Apply sunscreen cream to avoid sun burn and sun strokes.
  • Avoid going in sea in nights (after dark ) as it will be difficult to locate you if something goes wrong.
  • kids MUST be accompanied by adults if kids want to go in water and adults must supervise them while kids are playing on beach. You never know when they will run towards water.
  • In case if someone is drowning then try to give them rope or scarf and pull them near shore. Avoid going near them as drowning person is in panic mode and will hold you tightly to save him/her self, as a result You will also start drowning due to load.
  • If you are trip leader then you should have first aid and basic rescue techniques which are immediately required till paramedical / rescue team arrives.
  • Trip leader should also carry whistle to signal your group members who are going far, controlling crowed and to ask for help.

Hope above tips will help you to save your life and your group members life.


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4 thoughts on “Tips for Beach Trips

  1. Vinayak Jojare on said:

    Students on Trips, as a group, should spread safety awareness wherever they visit. Simply Try to help/contribute/encourage localites putting safety signs at tourists spots that prohibits tourists from possible dangerous situations. A simple *No Swimming/Diving* Sign can save lives.. At least, It might give a fulfillment of having a good trip.. 🙂


  2. swapnil03 on said:

    Its a great article and covered all the points.
    Only thing I would like to add is the difference between knowing to swim in a pool and sea is altogether different. If a person who has swam in a pool usually can swim at a strech of 200 meters. But when he goes deep in a sea, the first thing is water may be pulling you back continously and although even if you have to swim 200 mtrs to reach the shore, the distance is not really that much but quite more. In the pool, when your hearts pounding, lungs screaming, muscles burning you can easily push yourself to the wall of the pool but that can never be so easy in the sea especially if you have went far. That is why its important to know that swimming in a pool and sea is totally different and should not be taken linently in the latter case.


  3. Omkar Joshi on said:

    Perfect tips to ensure safety. 👍
    Maybe these points can be added :
    Do not Drink and swim as your senses are less active while you are drunk.

    Avoid Swimming near docks/fishing area/watersports area as it may have uneven underwater surface and traps.

    On some beaches,warnings and instructions are displayed (like ganpatipule). Please do not avoid them and try to act heroic. It may cost you your life.

    Have a happy and safe trip ! Enjoy !


  4. Shripad Kshirsagar on said:

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    1फेब्रुवारी काळा दिन पुणे शिक्षण क्षेञात उगवला ,
    मुरुड जंजिरा जाण्यासाठी लक्झरी गाड्या सज्ज झाल्या !
    आईने आपल्या पाल्यासाठी आवडीचा स्वादिष्ठ डबा तयार केला ,
    काँलेजात पोहचण्यासाठी आई वडील आले पहाटेला !
    सगळीकडे होता जल्लोस ,निरोप देऊन पालक परतले घरी ,
    गाण्याच्या भेंड्या ,डान्सच्या उत्साहात युवक ,युवती पोहचले जंजिरा नगरी !
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    आनंदात दंग युवक ,युवती म्हणे चला पुढे पुढे जावू !
    नाही आला अंदाज सागराचा पायाखालची वाळू सरकू लागली ,
    धडपडू लागली तरुण ,तरुणी ,पण सागराने पोटात ओढली !
    दूर दिसे जंजिरा किनारा ,कंठ दाटुनी ,गहिवरुन आला
    आठवू लागले काँलेज जिवन अन कुटुंबातील माता पित्याला !
    स्थानिक सुचनांचे नाही केले पालन ,भोगतोय त्याची शिक्षा ,
    आमच्या कडुन जन्म दात्यांनो ,पुर्ण नाही झाल्या तुमच्या अपेक्षा !
    माफ करा मम्मी डँडी ,आता भेट दूर दिसते आहे
    तो खवळलेला सागर आता ,आपल्या कुवेत घेतो आहे .!
    नका करु आक्रोश आमचा ,आमच्या हातानेच झाला गुन्हा ,
    सदैव स्मरणात राहू तुमच्या ,भेटाया येवू पुनर्रजन्म घेवून पुन्हा !
    का घडले ?कसे घडले ?नका दोष देऊ कोणाला ,
    दैव गतीचा नशिबाचा फेरा, चुकलाय का मानव जातिला !
    आपलाच पाल्य

    मुरुड जंजिरा येथे सहलीत म्रुत्यूमुखी पडलेल्या तरुण युवक ,युवतींना भावपुर्ण श्रदांजली .


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