A video from the RNLI
Understand the importance of checking the wind and tide before going afloat. Learn to use visual clues like flags to see the wind direction on a beach. Understand the difference and implications between onshore and offshore breezes. Look at incoming / flooding and outgoing / ebbing tides and what to be aware of. Learn the importance of being aware of rip currents — fast moving water — and the risk of being swept out to sea.