Going to the beach in Australia presents no less than ten pressing dangers.
1. Getting sunburnt from the scorching Aussie sun.
2. Busting a plugger on one of your thongs.
3. Dodging errant beach cricket balls.
4. Making an unintentional and humiliating cameo on Bondi Rescue.
5. Some tosser stealing your valuable belongings.
6. Getting caught in a rip.
7. Walking across the scorching hot pavement and burning all the skin off the bottom of your feet.
8. Insolent seagulls nicking your fish and chips.
9. Forgetting where you put your towel.
10. Old guys in Speedos
And while there’s no quick fix for all of these things, a bunch of legends have figured out a way to deal with at least two of these.
A Chilean skincare brand called ‘Simonds’ invented a new set of lockers that can only be activated by pressing sunscreen nozzles in a unique combination.
They’re called ‘Protecting Lockers’ (given, it’s not the most creative name – personally I think ‘Sun Safe’ is an A+ pun and a huge missed opportunity), and they work like this:
You choose an available locker, chuck your stuff in there, and create your own password using the sunscreen dispensers, basically forcing you to slip, slop, slap (or at least…slop).
For the nerds out there curious to know how it all works, the sunscreen password operates via electromagnetic sensors that then activate servomotors and save your code.
Taking care of your belongings is important, sure. But taking care of your skin from UV damage is infinitely more crucial.
Australia has the second highest rate of skin cancer in the world, but we can absolutely turn this around.
Between 95 and 99% of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to the sun. Yet almost all cases are preventable through appropriate protection from ultraviolet radiation. So do yourself a favour and take your health into your own hands.
Slap on the sunscreen (minimum 30 SPF!), and make sure you wack on a pair of sunnies and a hat when you’re not in the water.
Initiatives like the ‘Protection Lockers’ are undeniably awesome, but you don’t need a fancy locker to get sun safe.
Just get some sunscreen, protective clothes and a good mate to get the spots you missed.
In terms of the other beach dangers… my advice:
Bread ties work as temporary thong pluggers, always swim between the flags and…actually sorry, there’s nothing you can do to stop old dudes in budgie smugglers except KEEP YOUR GAZE AT EYE LEVEL AT ALL TIMES.