The ocean is not a pool !
Pay attention to the information boards at the entrance of the beaches, to the location of supervised areas and to the colour of the bathing flags.
Beware of strong currents in the « baïnes » at the end of ebb tide and at the beginning of flowing tide (the « baïne » is a sort of hole you can’t see at high tide and with rips).
Bathing is forbidden outside the designated and supervised areas.
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Worth knowing !
- Campfires and wild camping are forbidden,
- Naturism is tolerated on a naturist area, 400 m north of Les Casernes beach,
- Apply the safety instructions on the supervised swimming areas,
- Help keep the beaches clean. They are being cleaned all year thanks to the « Conseil Général » and the local authorities. Don’t throw your litter on the sand. Use the bins. Smokers, pick up your cigarette butts,
- On the sand, lie down on your beach towel,
- The ocean is a natural open space that we share : protect it by respecting the environment,
- Walk gradually into the water to avoid any risk of cold water shock,
- Watch for sun burns, even when the weather is cloudy. Use high protection sunscreen creams or lotions.
- Keep an eye on your family or friends and especially children, so you can alert someone immediately in case of difficulty,
- Lifeguards are generally on duty from June to September. Bathing is forbidden outside the supervised areas, defined by blue flags. The information boards mention the location of the supervised beaches and information about the « baïnes »,
- The « baïne » is a hole created by the swell, invisible at high tide and with very strong currents. If you are caught in a « baïne » or in a strong current, don’t try to fight it. Allow yourself to be carried along, try to get back to the shore without trying to swim against the current and call for help,
- The information boards, at the entrance to the beaches, indicate the tide timetable as well as the temperature of the water and air.
Supervised swimming without any particular danger
Swimming is dangerous but supervised
From the north to the south of Seignosse, five supervised beaches over 6 kilometres :
- Belambra Les Estagnots beach
Protect yourself from the sun
Getting sunburnt is a real burn of your skin and can be very dangerous for your health !
Here are some indications to protect yourself and enjoy the sun and its benefits :
- Limit your time in the sun. Go easy at first,
- Stay out of the sun during peak hours : between 11:00 and 15:00,
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration,
- Apply the appropriate sunscreen : the sun protection factor indicates the intensity of the protection, for example with a factor 4, you can be exposed to the sun 4 times longer than without any protection, without getting burnt,
- Cover your head and cool off to avoid sunstroke,
- For children : apply a very high protection sunscreen cream. They should wear a T-shirt, a hat, sunglasses and drink plenty of water,
- Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen cream or lotion every two hours and after being in the water (even when using waterproof sunscreen),
- Renew your sunscreen each year : once open, it won’t last more than 18 months before it expires,
- Babies should never be in direct sunlight,
- Wearing sunglasses is essential.
- Wave riding (surf, bodyboard) can be practiced along the coast except on swimming areas. Some beaches have reserved areas for practising these sports,
- If you are in front of an approaching surfer, make yourself known, don’t let go your board and paddle against the breaking,
- Always attach your leash to your ankle,
- Follow the diving flags for more safety and freedom,
- Never dive on your own and watch each other.
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