Beaches are synonymous with summertime. Here are tips to help you ride the waves without worry:
Only swim at beaches with lifeguards present.
Catch a weather report before you go out. Stay out of the water if strong winds or a storm is predicted.
Pay attention to where you are on the beach. Stay within the sights of a lifeguard and within the area designated for swimmers.
Follow all beach rules and regulations. They're there for your protection.
If you use floatation devices, take care to always be in control of them. You don't want to drift far from shore.
Currents can change quickly. If you are not an expert swimmer, stay close to shore or in waist-level water.
Be on guard for large waves, rip tides/undertows and hazardous animals, such as jellyfish.
If you see someone drowning:
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