1. Protect Yourself from the Sun –
If you do nothing else, make sure you wear your sunscreen to the beach! Apply waterproof sunscreen before you decide to lay out in the sun this summer. You should wear at least SPF 30 if you plan to be on the beach between the sun’s peak hours, 12 – 4 pm, and read your sunscreen bottle’s instructions on reapplication. Also, you should bring sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. Remember, even if the sky is cloudy, and the sun is not shining directly on you, you can still get burned!
2. Hydrate –
Before you hit the beach, you should be well-hydrated. Pregnant women, children, and older adults, or anyone with chronic health problems, like diabetes are at the highest risk for dehydration, so encourage everyone to drink during the day. Take a cooler with bottled water and sports drinks to replace electrolytes and rehydrate!
3. NO DIVING –
Diving in shallow shore waters is extremely dangerous! Serious injuries, especially spinal injuries, can occur from diving head first into the water and hitting the bottom. Spinal injuries can have severe, lifelong consequences for the victim. Injuries like these are preventable!
4. Be Safe with Sports Equipment –
It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Make sure you play with your sports equipment in a safe, uncrowded area, where you and your friends are not in danger of hitting someone nearby. Familiarize yourself with your equipment. Make sure your boards are the right size for you so that you are not in danger of hurting yourself and others.
5. Swim Near a Lifeguard –
Always check with a lifeguard on swimming conditions before heading into the water. They can alert you of any dangers, prevent you from venturing too far from a safe swimming area, and help you if you get into trouble out in the water.