We’re on the cusp of beach season here in North Carolina. While going to the beach is a great get away from the everyday grind, make sure you stay safe while you’re having some fun this summer. Be sure to check over the beach safety tips below. We’ve also added videos below the tips that also offer beach safety tips. If you’re staying in the state of North Carolina, going to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina or taking it down to Florida or over to the West Coast, please have an awesome trip this summer and stay safe!
- Never Swim Alone – Swimming in the ocean is a lot different than swimming in a pool. If you’re going to have some fun in the ocean, make sure you take a friend or loved one out with you.
- Stay Alert For Others – Not all people take the advice above. If you notice someone or a group of children swimming alone or without any kind of adult supervision, keep an eye on them. Make sure they are staying safe. At the first sign of any trouble, alert a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not on duty, throw the person who is in trouble something that floats and call 911.
- Let Them Know – If you find yourself in the ocean and in any kind of trouble, let someone know. Tread water and raise your arms and yell to let someone know you need help. Do not panic. If you do, you may exhaust all the energy you have. Stay calm, but let someone know you need help by physical actions and verbal pleas.
- Make Note of Lifeguards – Before you go into the ocean, make sure you make a note of where the lifeguard stand is located. This will come in handy if you see any trouble or are in trouble yourself.
- Drink Plenty of Water – If you’re spending the whole day at the beach, make sure to get plenty of fluids in your body. You don’t want to be in the ocean swimming and a leg muscle cramp up due to dehydration.
- Protect Your Skin – Always put on sun screen when you are going to be at the beach for an extended period of time. Reapply when exiting the water and hourly depending upon how easily you burn. If you have one or can rent one, get a beach umbrella to shield the sun. Remember, the sun is at it strongest point between 10am – 4pm.
- Bring a First Aid Kit – You have it all. The beach ball. The cooler. The drinks. The snacks. The football. Make sure you pack a small first aid kit too. You never know what is going to happen, so always be prepared if something does happen. Even if it is a small cut from stepping on something while walking, at least you’ll have the means to prevent an infection if you bring a first-aid kit.