Beach & Water - Play it Safe!

Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for aquatic mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. Below are some very important recommendations:

  • Learn to swim
  • Swim near a lifeguard
  • Never swim alone
  • Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present
  • Don't rely on flotation devices, such as rafts, you may lose them in the water
  • If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free, don't swim against the current's pull
  • Protect your head, neck, and spine -- don't dive into unfamiliar waters -- feet first, first time
  • If you are in trouble, call or wave for help
  • Follow regulations and lifeguard directions
  • Swim parallel to shore if you wish to swim long distances
  • Scuba dive only if trained and certified -- and within the limits of your training
  • No glass containers at the beach -- broken glass and bare feet don't mix
  • No beach fires except in designated areas -- fire residue and superheated sand can severely burn bare feet -- use a barbecue that is elevated off the sand
  • Report hazardous conditions to lifeguards or other beach management personnel
  • Stay clear of coastal bluffs, they can collapse and cause injury
  • Never turn your back to the ocean -- you may be swept off coastal bluffs or tide pool areas and into the water by waves that can come without warning