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Keeping Safe at the Beach

Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? From building sand castles to catching the perfect wave on a surfboard, the seaside offers so many exciting activities, it’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular vacation destinations all over the world! However, there are also many safety concerns that can ruin all the sun and fun. But with a little awareness of these dangers and some basic know-how in case of an emergency, your seaside experience shouldn’t cause apprehension at all!


 From dangerous currents to nasty ocean critters like jellyfish and sharks, the water can be a dangerous place! Don’t let these potential (and unlikely) dangers deter you from wading in more than knee deep, because with a little knowledge of the deep blue and a few basic tips, enjoying the ocean is safe and exhilarating!

  • Rip Currents: This site explains what rip currents are, how to avoid them, and what to do if you are caught in one.
  • A Lifeguard's Beach Safety Tips: Tips from a lifeguard for staying safe in the water, with an emphasis on surfing and boogie boarding.
  • Beach Education: Water Pollution: This page teaches how beach-goers can reduce water pollution and keep the coastline beautiful.
  • Tides: This informative article about ocean tides also offers important safety tips for ocean swimmers.
  • Do Your Part, Be Water Smart!: The American Red Cross offers their top water safety tips, including what to do in case of an emergency.


Frightening news stories of tsunamis, hurricanes and other coastal disasters can dissuade vacationers from a seaside vacation. But learning the facts about these uncommon occurrences and how you can prepare for and avoid them will bring the peace of mind needed to go back to the beach with confidence.

  • Hurricanes: Ready America explains how to prepare for hurricane season and teaches what to do if you are caught in one.
  • Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons: In-depth information on the three different types of ocean storms and how to stay safe whether you are indoors or outdoors.
  • Lightning: Outdoor Safety: What to do if lightning interrupts your outdoor fun.
  • Extreme Heat Safety: Follow these simple guidelines to avoid common heat-related health issues commonly experienced at the beach.

Personal Safety

Personal safety is always a concern in any situation, and it’s no different at the beach. From melanoma to Great White Sharks, there are a lot of potential hazards to prepare for. The following links will help keep you healthy and happy at the beach.

  • Keep Your Skin Safe: This informative article teaches how to keep your skin protected in the sun and also includes information on identifying skin cancer.
  • Spring Break Survival Guide: This guide to keeping safe at several popular seaside spring break destinations thoroughly educates college students on how to have a fun vacation while avoiding potentially hazardous situations.
  • Summer Heat is No Day at the Beach: How to recognize and prevent heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
  • Gulf Oil Spill Safety: For those planning on visiting beach areas affected by the Gulf oil spill, this guide is an indispensable aid in answering all your questions about personal safety concerns.
  • Sea Science: Jellyfish: What they are, how to avoid them, and what to do in case you are stung.
  • Hawaii Sharks: Although this tip sheet is specifically geared towards the sharks of Hawaii, the information here provides helpful safety tips useful at any ocean destination.

Keeping Children Safe

Keeping children safe is a number one priority for parents in any situation, and the beach is no exception. Being informed, vigilant, and knowledgeable of potential dangers will keep the kiddies safe and happy splashing in the surf and burying dad in the sand.

  • Kids Health: Water Safety: A comprehensive guide to keeping kids safe at the beach, lake or pool.
  • Sunscreen Guide: From babies to preteens, this guide will help keep the whole family’s skin protected from harmful UV rays.
  • Beach Kids: Specifically geared towards children, this site is both fun and educational; offering kids a multitude of tips for staying safe at the beach as well as interesting ocean facts and even games!
  • Swimming: These swimming safety precautions are presented in a kid-friendly manner but are still informative for parents.

Food and Drink Safety

Water activities can leave you ravenous, so snacks are an essential part of a day at the beach. But with extreme temperatures and litter concerns, there are definitely do’s and don’ts when packing up the cooler to feed the troops. Avoid gastronomic mishaps and keep the coastline beautiful by following the tips below.

Enjoy all the beach has to offer this season! Following the precautions and tips above will keep you safe and secure no matter where your ocean destination may be!

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