Beach safety tips everyone should know

Stay in marked safe zones: Lifeguards will often mark the safe zones to swim with flags on the beach.

Learn how to identify a rip tide: A rip tide is a type of current where tidal water moves quickly and forcefully under the surface.

Learn how to identify a rip tide: Some key identifiers are if waves aren’t breaking, if there’s foam on the beach.

Don’t fight the current: If you get caught in a rip current, it’s easy to panic and try to paddle out of it.

Don’t fight the current: Instead, if you’re caught in a rip current, the best thing to do is actually swim parallel to the shore.

Call for help when you need it: If you’re having difficulty in the water and starting to panic, don’t wait before waving your arms.

If you can’t make yourself visible and loud: When you need help but you can’t manage to wave your arms or yell.

Get a lifeguard when you see someone who needs help: Instinct might tell you to run into the water to help someone being pulled under or away from the shore.

Don’t swim alone: Always try to swim with a family member or friend either with you in the water.

Know your limit, swim within it: Only you can be the judge of your own swimming skills, and the beach is not the place to overestimate yourself.

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