Everyone loves a vacation in paradise which usually involves sunbathing on the beach and taking a dip in the water. Be sure to avoid putting yourself (and others) in danger by following these simple tips when heading to the beach:
Ask a Lifeguard & Stay Close
Choose beaches with lifeguards and don’t be afraid to approach them to ask about water conditions or weather for your day. It’s better to be informed and prepared for a fun day in the sun. Also, consider picnicking on the beach next to a lifeguard tower. They’re keeping watch over the action and will help keep your family safe.
Don’t Swim Alone
It’s always safer (and more fun!) to stay in groups and this applies to swimming at the beach too. No matter how good of a swimmer you are it’s important to apply the buddy system for beach safety.
Watch for Flags & Signs (& Know What They Mean)
When going to any beach it’s important to know what the colors mean on signage or flags posted. Knowing their meaning helps keep your family out of danger and makes for a fun, safe vacation. Here are the sign/flag colors you should know:
- Green = Safe. Ocean is calm and clear for swimmers.
- Yellow = Caution. Indicates moderate surf and ocean currents.
- Red = High hazard/Dangerous. Indicates strong ocean currents.
- Blue/Purple = Not as common but these colors normally indicate potentially dangerous marine life like jellyfish.
It’s important to be prepared for a day in the sun by applying sunblock with the right amount of SPF (sun protection factor). We suggest not going lower than 30 SPF, or for sensitive skin, 50 SPF. If you plan to go in the water, be sure the sunscreen you’re applying is water resistant and reapply every couple hours.
Anytime you’re in the sun for an extended amount of time it’s important to keep your body hydrated. It’s easy to forget when you’re in and out of the water but your body loses essential salts and water when sweating and using energy. The key to preventing dehydration is simple: drink plenty of fluids, including sports drinks that restore your body’s salt and electrolytes. Another fun tip is packing your cooler with fruit like watermelon or grapes that have a high liquid content. This is an easy, sweet way to keep the whole family safe and satisfied.
Proper attire is the key to a stress fee beach trip. Bring appropriate footwear for hot sand or visiting beaches with wet rocks.
Are you ready to take on paradise? It’s the perfect time to book your next beach vacation.