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Swimming Safely in Malta: Essential Tips for Visitors.

25 June 2023 | Gattaldo

When visiting the beautiful island of Malta, its crystal-clear waters beckon you for a refreshing swim. To ensure your safety and make the most of your aquatic adventures, here are some essential tips to keep in mind.



Choose beaches with lifeguards

Opt for beaches that have designated lifeguard stations for added safety.

Popular beaches like Golden Bay, Mellieħa Bay, and St. George's Bay are known for their lifeguard services.

Be mindful of sea conditions

Check the weather forecast and sea conditions before heading to the beach. Pay attention to flags and signage indicating any potential hazards or restrictions.

Swim in designated areas

Stick to marked swimming zones, usually indicated by buoys or flags. Avoid venturing too far from the shore, especially if you're not a confident swimmer.

Buddy up

Whenever possible, swim with a companion. It's safer and more enjoyable.If you're visiting a less crowded beach, inform someone about your plans and estimated time of return.

Know your limits

Be honest about your swimming abilities and don't attempt to swim in conditions beyond your skill level. If you're a beginner, consider taking swimming lessons or participating in guided water activities.


The Mediterranean sea

Beware of currents

Be aware of rip currents, which can be powerful and difficult to detect. If you find yourself caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you escape its pull, then swim back to land.

Protect yourself from the sun

Malta boasts abundant sunshine, so protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Apply sunscreen regularly, wear a hat, and use UV-protective sunglasses.

Stay hydrated

Carry a bottle of water with you, especially during hot summer days.

Rehydrate frequently to avoid dehydration, particularly if you're engaged in physical activities like swimming or snorkeling.

Watch out for marine life

While Malta's waters are generally safe, keep an eye out for jellyfish or other marine creatures. If you encounter a jellyfish, avoid touching it and inform the lifeguards or beach staff.

Follow safety instructions

Observe and follow any safety instructions provided by lifeguards or beach authorities.

Familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations of each beach you visit.

Remember, swimming in Malta is a wonderful experience, but your safety should always be a top priority. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in the water and create unforgettable memories of your visit to this Mediterranean gem.

Safety flags

Safety flags

The Safety Flag System

Red - High hazard
Yellow - Medium hazard
Green - Safe to swim
Red and yellow - swimming area with lifeguard
Purple - dangerous marine life present

Blue Flag Beaches

The Blue Flag indicates sustainable beach operations, excellent water quality, safety procedures, beach services and organised environmental activities. Here are a number of Blue Flag Beaches.

Fond Għadir Bay, located in the centre of Sliema.

Qawra Point, also known as Ta` Fra Ben Bay, lies along the Bugibba and Qawra rocky coast.

Għajn Tuffieħa is a peaceful, uncrowded beach, due to the many steps between it and the road. The bay is managed by an environmental NGO, the Gaia Foundation.

Paradise Bay, located on Malta's northern hammerhead peninsula.

Golden Bay is a broad sandy beach well described by its name. In summer, the beach is patrolled by lifeguards and the Safety Flag System in winter, when there is no lifeguard. There can be dangerous currents during or after bad weather, so it’s best to avoid this beach at these times.

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