Establishing and following rules at the beach is a great way to keep everyone smiling and having fun.
1) Check the weather – If any chances of lightning, avoid the water for at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder.
2) Know how to swim
3) Stay within view of a lifeguard – The chance of drowning at a beach with a United States Lifesaving Association lifeguard is 1 in 18 million. Also, according to the United States Lifesaving Association, the chance of drowning at a beach without a lifeguard is 5 times greater than a beach with a lifeguard.
4) Pay attention to warning flags –
Red = Beach closed
Yellow = Rough surf and currents
Green = Calm and clear
Blue or purple = Marine life danger
5) Be aware of rip currents, which often are near piers and jetties and tend to be more intense as surf size increases.
According to the American Red Cross if caught by a rip current-
A) Stay calm and don’t fight it
B) Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current, then turn and swim to the shore
C) Alternatively, float or tread water until free of the rip current, then head to shore
D) If you can’t make it to the shore draw attention to yourself by waving and calling for help
6) Be aware of surroundings – Is a wave coming? Are rocks present? Am I disturbing ocean life? Is the walkout in the water gradual or does it have a steep drop? Is the sand coarse and rocky or have debris?
7) Sun protection or shade to decrease chances of sunburn
8) Don’t drink alcohol – dehydration, and heat-related sickness such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and sun poisoning can result.
Symptoms of heat-related sickness are confusion, muscle cramps, nausea, weakness, headache, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, pale skin, fainting and excessive or lack of sweating.
9) Swim within fitness capabilities
10) Swim with a friend or family member