Watch children at all times when in or by the water.
If you have babies who are crawling watch them at all times when in or by the water.
We have seen parents with their babies crawling along but not really watching them.
We have seen babies swept out by a sweep.
A baby is nothing to a sweep as a sweep can take cars.
A sweep is a wave that comes from no where and sweeps in then out, taking all in it's path. Although you may be 2 metres from the water mark, a sweep can come in and move easily 10 - 20 metres from the water mark. The shallow water or no water can become deep. Swift, powerful and strong, with no mercy.
The Tohe (90 mile beach) is a west coast surf beach, and very rarely do we see nice gentle waves lapping gently upon the shore - when we do it is a shock!!! Usually there are breakers rolling in with white tops.
If you are looking for a place to swim and see a place where there are no waves and the water looks calm, don't be fooled! These areas are usually rips and if you are caught in one, you can be taken out to sea. I have marked such an area in a red circle in the photograph.
If you are unfortunate to get caught in one, swim parallel to the shore until you don't feel yourself being pulled out. Do not try and swim into shore when you are caught in the rip.
NEVER drive on the Tohe at night . Although the locals do it, we know the tohe, we know the moods, we know what to do when the kohu (sea fog) comes rolling in and puts visability down to zero and we know how to find the offramps. It is pitch black out there at night (unless the moon is out) as there are no street lights and it is easy for people who do not know it to get disorintated and end up driving straight into the sea.
To avoid getting stuck in the sand, read all of the transportation tips and follow them :-)
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