We were recently informed about the drowning of a tourist at the beach used by Axim Beach Hotel in Western Ghana in August 2011, as detailed on Tripadvisor. Having communicated both with the hotel and with a friend of the victim who witnessed this tragic incident, it seems timely to issue a reminder to all visitors about the potential risk associated with swimming on any Ghanaian beach in the wrong conditions. The main reason for this is the strong undertow that characterises this stretch of coastline, particularly in rough weather, though it may not always be apparent until you are actually in the water. The management of Axim Beach Hotel has told us that swimming conditions are most likely to be dangerous during the rainy season, between July and October, and are best from Dec until the beginning of the rains. However, in both cases, this is dependent on weather conditions on the day, and if conditions are rough at any time of year, or you sense the presence of a strong undertow on any Ghanaian beach at any time of year, it is advisable to get out of the water immediately. It should also be noted that many beaches in Ghana do not have dedicated lifeguards, nor do they display flags indicating whether swimming conditions are safe, so you will either need to ask around or rely on your own judgement when deciding whether or not to swim.
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