Beach Safety Tips

  • Children need to be under constant supervision, especially near the water.
  • Know how to swim and teach your children how to swim.
  • Know child and infant CPR.
  • Stay out of the water at twilight or in the dark, when sharks are most active.
  • Swim with in a group or with another person.
  • If a lifeguard is present, swim directly in front of them in water that is waist deep or less.
  • If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of it. Then swim to shore.
  • Try to avoid being in the sun during the hottest parts of the day 11:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m..
  • Wear sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Put it on before you get in the sun and reapply every 2 hours.
  • Don’t forget to wear UV protection on your lips and protect eyes with sunglasses.
  • Wear sandals to protect your feet from the hot sand, sharp shells and debris.
  • Stay hydrated; drink plenty of water.
  • Make sure to check the weather for coming storms and seek shelter if you’re caught in one.
  • And of course, don’t forget to do the Stingray Shuffle! Watch this video to see how it’s done.

Don’t let these tips keep you from having fun. Enjoy the beautiful beaches while they’re oil free and the weather is nice. To find out where the best beaches are, check out Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches. I hope you notice that Florida has two beaches on the list, including Siesta Beach (Sarasota) at #2!!!

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