Everyone loves a vacation in paradise, which usually involves sunbathing on the beach and taking a dip in the water.
Be sure to keep yourself (and others) safe by following these simple tips when heading to the beach:
Ask A Lifeguard & Stay Close
Pick beaches with lifeguards and don’t be afraid to ask about water conditions. It’s better to be informed and prepared for a fun day in the sun. Also, consider picnicking on the beach next to a lifeguard tower to help keep you and your friends safe.
Don’t Swim Alone
It’s always safer (and more fun!) to be in groups, and this applies to swimming in the ocean as well. No matter how good of a swimmer you are, it’s important to apply the buddy system for beach safety.
Watch For Flags & Signs
(And Know What They Mean)
When at the beach, it’s important to know what the colors mean on signage or flags posted. Knowing their meaning helps keep you out of danger so you can have a fun, worry-free beach day.
Check out the following sign/flag colors and what they mean:
- Green = Safe. Ocean is calm and clear for swimmers.
- Yellow = Caution. Indicates moderate surf and ocean currents.
- Red = High hazard/Dangerous. Indicates strong ocean currents.
- Blue/Purple = Not as common, these colors indicate potentially dangerous marine life like jellyfish.
Apply your sun block, kids! Choose a kind that’s water resistant and reapply every couple hours or every time you get out of the water and make sure it has the right amount of SPF for your skin type. Typically, no lower than SPF 15 is recommended, regardless of skin tone.
Anytime you’re in the sun for an extended amount of time, your body loses essential salts and water so make sure to drink plenty of fluids, including drinks that restore your body’s salt and electrolytes. Fun tip: Pack your cooler with watermelon or grapes for an easy, sweet way to keep everyone hydrated—and satisfied!
Proper attire is the key to a stress-fee beach trip. Bring appropriate footwear for hot sand or visiting beaches with wet rocks.