Freelance writer, born and bred in South Australia.
Published November 23rd 2016
It's just not true
I hear far too many people saying that they don't like the beach because of silly reasons that they've made up in their head. It's about time that some myths about the beach are debunked and never mentioned again.
1) You will get sunburnt
Being out in the sun doesn't necessarily mean you will get sunburnt. You just have to stick to the classic slogan - slip, slop, slap! Simply wear a hat, suncreen, protective clothing, and sunglasses. You can even purchase a small, cheap tent from shops like Big W or Kmart to take onto the sand and keep the sun off even more.
Serious sunburn. Image courtesy of Phil Kates, CC BY-SA 2.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51031248
The media does a great job of publicising and emphasising shark attacks in Australian waters. But it just isn't something that we really need to be too concerned about. Sharks don't typically come into shallow areas, and if they do, it isn't with the motivation to attack.