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Beach and Ocean Safety Tips for Summer

Beach and Ocean Safety Tips for Summer

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It’s hot outside and you know what that means. Time to head to the beach! Luckily, Jacksonville has one close by. Sometimes we may go as a family and other times teens may go without parents to hang out with their friends for the day. Especially, with July 4th weekend approaching it is important that we discuss safety at the beach and in the ocean.

The City of Jacksonville Beach offers beach and ocean safety tips HERE.

The Red Cross shares beach safety tips HERE.

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Things to discuss with your teen about beach and ocean safety

  • When you get to the beach look for any posted warnings or flags. Click HERE for the flag rating system.
  • Take cover if you see lightening. Get out of the water immediately!
  • Set up close to the lifeguard. Look for the guy in the big orange chair!
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. If anyone looks suspicious tell the lifeguard.
  • Apply sunscreen before leaving and apply every 45-1 hr. Don’t forget your ears! *Midday sun is strongest
  • Hydrate! Bring a couple of water bottles.
  • Protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses.
  • Do NOT swim alone! Use the buddy system.
  • The current can be strong and drag you far in one direction. Before getting in the water look for a landmark that you can keep track of while swimming. The Red Cross has some great tips about how to handle rip currents.
  • Keep a look out for sea life. The ocean is home to many creatures. Avoid anything that looks dangerous such as patches of plants or jelly fish.

Wishing you a fun and safe summer

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