With summer just around the corner, many people are planning their visits to the beach to get some much needed free-time in the sun and water. Although the beach is one of the most popular destinations to relax and unwind, it is important to acknowledge the safety risks associated with a trip to the beach. This article will cover some beach safety tips that you can take with you the next time you find yourself visiting the beach.
Weather and Water Conditions
Before you head to the beach, be sure to check the weather forecast. Rough winds and conditions can impact the nature of the water heavily, creating high and dangerous surf, and ultimately making swimming far more dangerous than it already is. If thunderstorms are in the forecast, it’s best to avoid the beach as lightning strikes and other injuries can occur. Be on the lookout for posted beach advisories regarding marine life, rip currents, and surf conditions. If the forecast is not looking favorable, it may be in your best interest to postpone your trip to the beach for your own safety.
Even when the sun is not visible, it can still do great damage to human skin. Always wear sunscreen and SPF (30 and above is recommended), while also providing yourself with an ample amount of shade throughout the day, whether you wear a hat, or bring a beach umbrella to lounge under. If you prefer, you may want to wear protective clothing with long sleeves or pant legs to further protect yourself from the damage of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Keep Hydrated Throughout The Day
Spending all day long in the sun and water is draining on the human body. It is essential that if you are at the beach, you are continuously hydrating yourself. Be sure to pack plenty of water, whether plastic bottles or a reusable bottle, in order to properly hydrate throughout the day. You may also consider bringing snacks such as oranges or apples for hydration and energy purposes.
If Swimming, Be Near a Lifeguard
When you decide to swim at the beach, make sure to do it somewhere that a lifeguard can always see you. Lifeguards are highly skilled in watersports and lifesaving, can swiftly respond to aquatic emergencies, and can provide you with valuable information about the safety/conditions of the water. Beach drownings and deaths are incredibly common, especially in areas left unattended by lifeguards.
Bring a Buddy
If you do decide to swim at the beach, do so with a friend or family member. Swimming alone can pose a variety of risks, and having someone with you makes you less likely to be in serious trouble. If you become fatigued, be aware and swim back to shore in a calm and swift manner. Additionally, if you are swimming in a large body of water such as an ocean or lake, do not swim out farther than you think you can go to ensure you can always make it safely back to shore.
Respect The Natural Environment
One of the beaches greatest appeals is its natural beauty and resources. When visiting a beach, make it a priority to respect nature. If you see trash, do the environment a favor, pick it up, and dispose of it in the nearest trash can. If you come across a safety hazard such as broken glass, find the nearest lifeguard and inform them of the mess. Do not bring any equipment to the beach that could potentially harm the environment or other beach-goers.
These tips are a great place to start if you are looking for a fun and safe beach trip this summer. It is of the utmost importance that you are aware of your surroundings and take the necessary safety precautions so that you and your loved ones can create lifelong memories at the beach for years to come.