Tips for the Beach
Whether on the East, West, or Gulf coasts of the United States, our beaches provide a wonderful venue for a wide array of activities. But no matter what beach you choose to visit, there are several simple safety guidelines to be followed:
- Learn to swim. Learning to swim is your best safety precaution before entering any body of water, especially a surf beach. Unlike a pool with shallow and deep ends, the topography of the ocean floor can change quickly.
- Swim near a lifeguard or in a lifeguard-designated area. Lifeguards save lives!
- Swim with a buddy.
- Never swim alone.
- Use sunscreen.
- Stay hydrated.
- Obey posted signs and warning flags.
- Learn rip current safety. If caught in a rip current, do the following:
- Remain calm. Swim parallel to the shoreline.
- Don’t fight the current.
- Float or calmly tread water.
- If unable to reach shore, face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
- Do not mix alcohol and water. Alcohol use is a major factor in most preventable accidents at the beach.
Following these safety tips can make a day at the beach more fun and enjoyable.