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Beach Safety - Ocean Safety for Kids

Ocean Safety - Beach SafetyWhen at the beach this summer, it is important to know some simple beach safety rules to protect you and loved ones. These tips will help you stay safe in, on, and around the water.

Spot the dangers:

  • Check out the beach when you arrive
  • Take care when bathing and swimming
  • Beware of rocks, piers, groins / breakwaters
  • Be aware of dangerous rip currents

Don’t go alone:

  • Swim with a friend – Never go on your own
  • Make sure there are lifeguards on duty - you might need their help!

Take safety advice:

  • Make sure you know how to swim, or take swimming lessons before hitting the water
  • Look out for information – warning signs and flags
  • Never swim where a sign says not to, or when a red flag is flying
  • Listen and take advice from lifeguards
  • Pay attention to the local weather forecast and tide charts

Keep your body safe:

  • Don’t mix alcohol and swimming
  • Never swim where a sign says not to, or when a red flag is flying
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear sunscreen, sun glasses, and light weight clothing to protect your self from the sun
  • Wear foot protection so you do not burn or cut your feet

Learn how to help:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately or contact a lifeguard.
  • If the victim is within throwing distance, throw a floatable object to them. This includes a life jacket, kick board or even an empty gallon jug.
  • Take a CPR/First Aid certification course with your local Red Cross – you may save someone’s life!

Protect the beach environment:

  • Don't disturb a sea turtle that is crawling to or from the water or laying eggs. Please be quiet and watch from a distance.
  • Avoid shining lights on the beach at night so you don’t scare away nesting females or interfere with hatchlings crawling to the ocean.
  • Avoid walking or cycling in places posted as nesting/protected areas.
  • Immediately report any injured or dead sea animal to the nearest Beach Safety employee.
  • Do not disturb markers over sea turtle nests.
  • Avoid walking on the dunes along the beach.
  • Don't disturb nesting sea birds.
  • Don't litter. Cigarette butts, fishing line and other trash can harm the animals and birds along the beach. Help out by picking up beach litter and putting it in the trash.
  • Do your part to spread the word about environment-friendly habits on the beach.

Follow these simple beach safety tips to ensure a safe summer of fun in the sun!