Beach Safety Tips
- Learn to swim. The best way to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim - this includes adults and children.
- Never swim alone. Always swim near an open lifeguard station.
- Check the surf conditions before you enter the water. Check to see if a warning flag is up or check with a lifeguard for water conditions, beach conditions, or any other potential hazard.
- Stay within a designated swimming area, ideally within visibility of a lifeguard.
- Steer clear from piers, pilings, and rocks, when in the water. Inexperienced swimmers should stay in waist deep water.
- When body boarding, use swim fins and a leash.
- Rely on your swimming ability rather than flotation devices.
- Do not swim during thunderstorms or strong winds.
- Do not dive into unknown water or into shallow breaking waves.
- Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and avoid sunbathing for long periods of time.
- Keep a lookout for aquatic life. Water plants and animals can be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants; and leave animals alone.
- Drink plenty of water regularly and often even if you don't fell thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they dehydrate the body making the heats effect on your body worse.
- Stay out of the "surf zone" where waves break. Waves are their most forceful here, and even a small wave can lift you up and throw you into the sand.
- Beware of rip currents. If you get caught in one, don't panic. Just swim parallel to the shore until you're clear of the current, then swim into shore. Never try to swim against the current.
- Report unsafe conditions to a lifeguard.
- Never throw sand and always fill in holes before you leave the beach.
- Obey all warning signs and flags. When a red flag is flying, swimming is prohibited. A yellow flag indicates dangerous conditions.
- Supervise children at all times.
- Never fake actions or calls for help.
- When in trouble, signal a lifeguard by shouting "HELP" or waving your hands.
- If you, or someone in your group gets lost, always find the nearest lifeguard.
- Wear eye protection. Sunglasses are like sunscreen for your eyes and protect against damage that can occur from UV rays. Be sure to wear sunglasses with labels that indicate that they absorb at least 90 percent of UV sunlight.
- Wear foot protection. This prevents you from getting your feet burned from the sand or cut from glass in the sand.
- Watch for signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is life threatening, and therefore must be monitored carefully. Symptoms include hot, red, and dry skin; changes in consciousness, rapid, weak pulse, and rapid shallow breathing.
- Respect other beach patrons and remember your beach manners.
- Follow the advice of the lifeguards. They are trained in beach and water safety. Respect their experience and judgment and never interfere with their work.
Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for aquatic mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. we recommend the following safety tips:
1. Learn to swim
2. Swim near a lifeguard
3. Never swim alone
4. Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present
5. Don't rely on floatation devices, such as rafts, you may lose them in the water
6. If caught in a current, swim sideways until free, don't swim against the current's pull
7. Alcohol and swimming don't mix
8. Protect your head, neck, and spine -- don't dive into unfamiliar waters – always enter feet first
9. If you are in trouble, call or wave for help
10. Follow regulations and lifeguard directions
11. Swim parallel to shore if you wish to swim long distances
12. Scuba dive only if trained and certified -- and within the limits of your training
13. No glass containers at the beach -- broken glass and bare feet don't mix
14. No beach fires except in designated areas -- fire residue and superheated sand can severely burn bare feet -- use a barbeque that is elevated off the sand
15. Report hazardous conditions to lifeguards or other beach management personnel
16. Stay clear of coastal bluffs, they can collapse and cause injury
17. Never turn your back to the sea -- you may be swept off coastal bluffs or tide pool areas and into the water by waves that can come without warning
18. Never swim at unpatrolled beaches
19. Never ever swim at night
20. Never swim under the influence of alcohol
21. Never run and dive into the water
22. Never swim directly after a meal