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Beach Safety Tips for a Fun, Safe Summer

One of the best parts of summer vacation is the chance to go down to the beach, soak up some sun, and take a dip in the ocean with friends and family. Whether you’re just going to be at the beach for a couple of days or for the whole summer, here are some safety tips that’ll help you and your loved ones stay safe while enjoying the ocean.

Beach Safety Tips

The following informaiton was provided by the Red Cross:

  • You should only swim at a life-guard protected beach within the designated swimming area.
  • Keep an eye on local weather conditions while you swim, and don’t get in the water if lightning or thunder is sighted within a ten mile radius of where you are.
  • Be sure you swim sober.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Always be sure that you have enough energy to swim back to shore before heading too far out.
  • Put young children or inexperienced swimmers in U.S. Coast-Guard approved life jackets while in and around the water.
  • To avoid neck injury, don’t dive head-first into an area before you’ve checked for obstructions and have jumped in feet-first once before.
  • Keep a look out for dangerous aquatic life, and leave all animals alone.
  • Pay close attention to small children and the elderly to make sure that the tide doesn’t push them over.
  • No matter how experienced a swimmer you are, keep in mind that swimming in the ocean tide is different than swimming in still water. Be sure you’ve practiced swimming in the tide before going out into the water without a life-vest.

Rip Current Safety Tips

The following informaiton was provided by the Red Cross:

  • Rip currents are strong ocean currents that have the potential to trap swimmers underwater for an extended period of time.
  • Rip currents are responsible for deaths on U.S.A. beaches every year, and are the main cause of life-guard rescues in the ocean.
  • If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and don’t fight the current.
  • Swim parallel towards the shore until you are free of the current, and then turn and swim towards the shore.
  • If you can’t make it to shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current, and then try to make it to shore.
  • If you feel you can’t make it to shore after the current has passed, draw attention to yourself by yelling or waving your arms.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties, as permanent rip currents usually occur around those.
  • If someone is in trouble in the water, call for a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, call 9-1-1 and throw them something that floats. Do not attempt to swim out to them yourself without the proper training, as you may also get caught in the current or be pulled down by the panicking swimmer.
  • Ask a lifeguard if you are unsure about the safety conditions for a certain swimming area. Stay smart around the house by following tips on fire prevention, microwave use, and living with pets.

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