Simple rules for seaside enjoyment

1. Before leaving home, study your trains, pack trunks the day before, don’t forget anything, and avoid hurry and excitement.

2. Look for rooms quietly, in a clean quiet street, or suburb, and see that the rooms are clean and airy.

3. Do nothing at all the first day.

4. Rise early every morning, soap down and tub from head to heel, eat a biscuit, and go and hear the birds sing, and look at the sea.

5. Regular hours, regular exercise, regular meals, and regular medicine (if you need it).

6. Enjoy yourself all you can, but ‘ware excitement and fatigue.

7. Strong men may bathe before breakfast, but the best average time is about three hours after breakfast.

8. Walk at a moderate pace to the bathing ground, so as to be neither too hot nor too cold, and undress as speedily as possible.

9. It is better to plunge at once into deep water; don’t unless you can swim, however, but rather after bending down and laving the face and both arms, drop right underneath the first wavelet.

10. Wear a bathing-cap, especially if a lady.

11. If you can swim, swim and nothing else; if you cannot, you can least tumble about and keep moving, and also rub your limbs with the hands.

12. Come out before you have actually ceased to enjoy yourself.

13. It is better to have your own towel, one at least, and let it be moderately rough.

14. Rub your face, shoulders, limbs, and body using moderate friction, and finish drying with a smoother towel

15. When quite dry, dress ; and it ought not to be at all necessary to dress quickly.

16. If faintness or sickness comes on, which must be looked upon as quite accident, lie down for a few minutes.

17. After dressing, brisk walk should be taken; and now a lunch biscuit will do you service.

18. Remember that the glow after the bath is the great event to be looked for.

19. If instead of this glow a decided chill takes place, and it is not removed by a brisk walk, a small drop of brandy taken along with a biscuit becomes a necessity, or for ladies a glass of some cordial.

20. If you are an invalid, try to forget it; if a Hercules or a Webb, forget that. In medio tutissimus ibis. (you will go most safely by the middle way)

21. Don’t forget flannel under-clothing if at all delicate.

I have tried, although a desultory sort of way, to let you understand that at the sea-side it not alone from dabbling the waves you are to expect the benefit. Health must be looked for by the sea-shore, and in the sunshine, every breath of wind that blows, and in the ever-changing face of the great ocean itself.

From Cassell’s Family Magazine for July.

Alnwick Mercury, 8th July 1876

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