Heading to the beach? Check out these top summer safety tips before you sink your toes into the sand!
Summer is here! It’s the time of the year when many people head to the beach to have some quality time with their family members and friends. Grabbing your bag and heading off for a day of fun in the sun is a great way to bond as a family. The beach is such a fun place to chill out, hang out and just spend time with the people we love. It can also be a place full of danger, though, if you don’t follow basic summer safety tips to ensure a safe holiday experience. Here we take a quick look at the top 4 summer safety tips for beach holiday experience.
Four Summer Safety Tips for Your Beach Holiday
Never Swim Alone
Honestly, swimming alone isn’t even all that fun! It’s also incredible dangerous, so don’t do it. At all. Ever. This is one of the most important summer safety tips for the beach. Why is it so dangerous? Well, for one thing, if you can drown in an inch of water, imagine how quickly you could drown in an entire ocean of it! You could get caught up in the tide and pulled out to sea before you even have a chance to blink. Waves can knock you over. You could accidentally swim out too far and not even realize it until you’re too tired to return to shore. Anything can happen. Don’t do it. Don’t let your kids do it. Don’t even let your older brother do it. No one swims alone, no negotiations, no exceptions.
Avoid High Tide Time
It is recommended that you avoid hitting the beach when its high tide. You do not want to ruin your holiday getting trapped in the high tides, believe me! At times it becomes really difficult to get out of the hide tidal water because of the rips that can pull you deeper into the water. While low tides might not give you the same kind of adrenaline rush but when you are heading for beach with friends and family members it’s recommended that you go when the tide is not really high. It’s also important to understand when the high tide comes in. During low tide, different areas of the ocean floor are exposed. While these are great places to check for seashells and crabs, you need to get out of there before the tide comes in. Check the NOAA Tides and Currents site to find out the times for your beach area.
Remember that old saying “water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink?” It’s referring to the ocean. It may be funny to think that you can get dehydrated when you’re spending the day frolicking in water, but you can’t drink salt water. You really shouldn’t drink lake water. Basically, don’t drink anything that you swim in. This means that you’ll need to bring along plenty of actual drinking water to avoid dehydration. Staying hydrated is another of the most important summer safety tips. Dehydration is not fun. It can give you headaches, make you sick to your stomach and even, in severe cases, kill you.
Dehydration is a common problem for those who hit the beaches around noon. This is when the sun is at its highest and hottest. Many people feel tired and weak when they come out of the water and that is because of the sun and the wind. Avoid drinking alcohol when you are at the beach because it can make you feel dehydrated and impair your judgment as well.
Always Carry Beach Kit
Make sure you always hit the beach with towels, blankets, water bottles, cool drinks, food, trash bag, cell phone and if you want you can always bring books or your music player to enjoy your music. While these may not seem like summer safety tips, the cell phone ensures that you’ll be able to call for help should anything happen. Bringing a beach blanket helps keep the sand from chafing your legs as you lay on the beach. The books and music are just for fun! Stash everything in one of our awesome sling bags!
Following basic summer safety tips when you’re at the beach ensures that everyone has a great time and returns home in the same condition they left in!