Sunderland Airshow: Tips and advice for staying safe by the seaside

Sunny Roker on a Sunday morning, taken by Tom Lynn
Sunny Roker on a Sunday morning, taken by Tom Lynn
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Large crowds are expected to enjoy the annual airshow activities, so knowing how to stay safe along the seafront is essential.

From staying safe on the beach and in the sea to protecting yourself from the sun, make sure you have everything covered.


If we are lucky enough to get a dry summer’s day, make sure you’re prepared for the hot weather by following this advice:

• Make sure you apply suncream with a SPF of at least 30 (the higher the better) and make sure you re-apply it every two hours.

• Broad-spectrum sunscreens are best, as they protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Star ratings indicate how UVA protection is measured. Star ratings range from 0 to 5, with protection increasing with the numbers (five being the maximum).

• Make sure you apply a good layer of sun cream at least 30 minutes before you go into the sun and top it up every two hours. If you’re in and out of the sea, even waterproof creams need reapplying too.

• If you fancy a paddle in the sea, make sure you reapply suncream once you’re out, even if you’re wearing ‘waterproof’ varieties. Water has a cooling effect and can make you think you’re not burning. Water also reflects UV rays back up from its surface, thus increasing your overall exposure while you are in the wet stuff.

• Just because you don’t apply sun cream to the top of your head doesn’t mean it doesn’t burn – make sure you wear a hat to protect your scalp.

• Stay in the shade when the sun is at its highest, usually during 11am and 2pm.

• Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.


• Make sure you identify a specific meeting point on arrival at the Airshow

• There are wristbands available from an event point, event staff, police officers, or beach lifeguard throughout the event. Ensure that your contact details are added to the front of the wristband and attach it securely to your child’s wrist, so there’s a contact number in case you should be separated from your child. Alternatively, make sure your child knows your mobile number.

• It is advised not to swim in the sea during the Airshow weekend, and make sure you follow the direction of the lifeguards.

• Children should not be in the sea without adult supervision.


Please be aware that the tide will be rising, reducing the size of the beach throughout the day. The tide rises very quickly at certain times of the day. Tidal times are as follows:

Friday July 24

Low tide: 3.55pm. High tide: 10.11pm

Saturday July 25

High tide: 10.34am. Low tide: 4.59pm. High tide: 11.12pm

Sunday July 26

High tide: 11.41am. Low tide: 6.08pm