Beach Safety

Beach Safety

Tips for Beach Safety

One of the most memorable members children have during spring and summer break is visiting the beach. Children love this time and parents view this as a time for everyone to relax, especially if a lifeguard is present. What most parents do not consider is that just like any body of water, a beach can be deadly, even with a lifeguard present. To protect your child this summer, make sure to follow some simple beach rules to make sure a tragedy doesn’t happen to anyone in your family during your vacation.

  • 1) Adult Supervision: Many parents think that a lifeguard being present means they can relax since another adult is watching their children. Most lifeguards assume you are watching your children and it is your responsibility to make sure they are where they should be. Never take your eyes from your child or children, no matter what their age.
  • 2) Swim Lessons: Before going to the ocean, make sure that your child knows how to swim. It is very easy for a child to be caught in a wave, so make sure they know how to get out of these situations. If they cannot swim, have an adult constantly present in the water with them, as well as having the child wear a safety vest. Do not depend on inflatable devices.
  • 3) Never Swim Alone: Make sure that no member of your family is swimming alone. If something happens, you want to make sure a lifeguard or someone else is present in an emergency.
  • 4) Listen to the Lifeguard: Before ever entering the water, talk to the lifeguard about the conditions of the water to make sure it’s safe to swim. Every lifeguard is trained to look for dangerous conditions. Also teach your children and all family members to always listen to the lifeguard and their advice. It could save their life.
  • 5) Never Swim in Unfamiliar Waters: Always swim in areas you and your family know, or that have a lifeguard. Being at a solitary beach may sound like fun but there may be a reason no one is swimming there.
  • 6) Stay Away From Jellyfish: If you see a jellyfish, make sure that you and your children are out of the water. Even though many jellyfish are not deadly, its sting can be painful and is best avoided.
  • 7) Arm Reach: Make sure that children under the age of 5 are within arms’ reach of a parent. With their size it is very easy for them to be caught in wave or tide and swept away.
  • 8) No Sleeping: Never encourage children to play with inflatable toys that could lead to them sleeping in the ocean. This rule should also be encouraged with adults since the ocean is very unpredictable.
  • 9) Rip currents: There is nothing more dangerous in the ocean’s features than rip currents, since they can easily push a child or grown adult much further out in the ocean in a mere seconds. Do not swim in areas where rip currents have been reported and teach your child to swim close by the beach.
  • 10) Phone: Make sure some member of your family has a cell phone. If an emergency occurs, this could save your child’s life. It only takes a matter of seconds for a child to drown so it’s important to get assistance as soon as possible if an accident occurs to avoid brain damage or other long-term harm.
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