With summer just around the corner, many of us will be lucky enough to spend some free time lounging on the beach. Although the beach is usually laid back and relaxing, it is important to take the proper precautions before and during your visit to ensure a pleasant beach trip. Let’s look at some tips for beach safety.
Pack a proper beach bag
Dehydration, sun burns and UV rays are all serious dangers at the beach. Plan ahead by bringing lots of water, sun screen and sunglasses to protect yourself. If you have fair skin, it might be a good idea to bring an umbrella to give yourself a break from the sun.
Drink lots of water at the beach, when dehydrated you run a risk of cramping up which is a serious danger when swimming out in the ocean. Avoid drinking alcohol because it can lead to dehydration fairly quickly.
Keep an Eye on the Tide
Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents. Keep your eye on a landmark along the shore to avoid being swept away. If you do feel yourself caught in a current, swim parallel to the shore until you are free.
Pay Attention to the Water Quality
It’s a good idea to find out what the water quality is before you go in because the results of poor water quality are gastrointestinal distress, ear infections, and occasionally more serious problems. Most beaches test their waters infrequently, so it is best to rely on yourself rather than signs. If something looks off, it might be best to avoid the water.
Be Wary of Marine Life
Take into consideration where you are swimming and always be aware of your surroundings. Animals such as jellyfish will swim right next to humans and can cause harm. If you are in a heavily populated shark area, keep an eye out and always get out of the water if a life guard says to.