“A father and son went out on an inflatable paddle board and within minutes they were over a kilometre from shore.”
Jayke Morris, Lifeguard, County Mayo
Inflatables toys and open water don’t mix. They have no traction as they sit on the surface of the water. They can be swept out very quickly by wind and currents, often faster than someone can swim after them. They can take a child out of their depth very quickly, and as they are unstable, it is very easy for a child to fall off and end up in the water. The simple fact is that these toys should never be used in open water. We ask parents to discourage their use and never bring them to the beach, river or lake.