We regularly produce guidance, leaflets and booklets to warn people of the dangers of the sea and coast. This year we intend to relaunch an advertising campaign, SeaSmart, along the south coast to warn of such dangers . Our advice is not to play on rocks or cliff edges; to watch for large waves as they can sweep you off your feet, even if you think you are safe; beware of being trapped by the tide; and make sure someone knows where you are.
I shall not retire with a pair of comfortable slippers as Alf suggests in his article, but, with my colleagues, will remain vigilant over some 10,500 miles of UK coastline in trying to reduce the number of mostly preventable accidents and ensure everyone has a pleasurable time at the coast - without getting hurt.
Chief Coastguard, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Southampton
The editor writes: The article made it clear that anyone embarking on this sport should do so through an activity centre with qualified staff. Centres are required to have suitably qualified staff under The Activity Centres (Young Persons Safety) Act of 1995. The feature also emphasised that the safest, most enjoyable, way to coasteer is with an organised group,