ensure a safe South Florida vacation, please follow our beach
rules and guidelines.
to swim. The best way to stay safe in and around water
is to learn to swim. This applies to both children and adults.
(You're never too old to pick up new skills!) Try to swim
near manned lifeguard stands. Children and toddlers must
be supervised at all times.
surf conditions before you enter the water.
Make sure no warnings are posted and no warning flags are
up. (Red flag = swimming is prohibited. Yellow flag = dangerous
conditions.) Find out the water temperature and tide schedule.
Observe the water currents. Rip tides can appear normal.
The best advice if you're caught in a rip tide is to remain
calm, and swim parallel to the shore. Try not to let the
tide carry you out, but definitely do NOT swim against the
out for Man-O-Wars and other aquatic life.
Man-O-Wars are a type of jellyfish that look like purplish-blue
balloons. Their size ranges from a medium-sized balloon
to as small as a quarter. Even though they look harmless,
they're very poisonous. Their sometimes invisible tentacles
can cause a hearty sting. So give these creatures a wide
berth! If you do get stung, immediately rinse the affected
area with fresh, cool water. More serious burns may require
medical attention. Avoid patches of plants and seaweed as
they contain other hazardous aquatic life.
within designated swimming areas.
Stay clear of piers, pilings and rocks. Rely on your swimming
ability and not flotation devices. Do not swim during thunderstorms
or strong winds. Do not dive into unknown water or into
shallow, breaking waves. If bodyboarding, use swim fins
and a leash. Stay out of the surf zone, where waves break
as waves are most forceful at this point.
fake calls for help.
If in trouble, signal a lifeguard by shouting "help"
and waving your arms. If you or someone in your group gets
lost, find the nearest lifeguard. Report unsafe conditions
to lifeguards and follow their advice. They are trained
in beach and water safety. Respect their experience and
judgment and never interfere with their work.
not throw sand, and fill in holes before you leave the beach.
Do not dig deep holes, especially close to the shoreline.
Holes can cave in and trap someone. Attempting to dig them
out is not always effective and can cause further caving.
Call professional rescue help immediately.
plenty of water.
Even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages
and caffeinethey dehydrate the body, worsening the
effects of heat.
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Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive, especially
between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Use sunscreen with
SPF 15 or higher. Do not sunbathe for long periods at a
time. Many people suffer from sunburn for days from their
first long day of sun exposure.
Sunglasses with UV protection are a must. They protect the
eyes from sun damage. Your sunglasses should absorb a minimum
of 90% of UV rays.
Sandals and shoes prevent feet from getting burned on the
(very hot) sand or cut from glass or sharp shells in the
for signs of heat stroke.
Heat stroke is life threatening. Symptoms include hot, red,
dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and
shallow, rapid breathing.
STRESS FIRST AID
redness, swelling, pain, blisters, fever and headaches.
Ointments help mild cases with fresh aloe being the best
cure. Cut a stalk of aloe from the plant, squeeze the golden
yellow sap and gently rub on the skin. (You may not smell
good, but your skin will feel much better.) Severe sunburns
should receive medical treatment.
in legs and occasionally in the abdomen. Gentle massage
may help. Sips of mild salt water may also help (1 tsp.
of salt to 8 oz. water). If symptoms persist, see a doctor.
sweating, weak pulse and severe fatigue. Skin may be pale
and feel cold and clammy. Severe cases are indicated by
fainting and vomiting. Move person to a cool location, preferably
air-conditioned, and apply cool compresses. Sip water or
juice to rehydrate. If symptoms continue, seek medical attention.
high fever (106°), rapid and strong pulse, and hot,
dry skin. Move victim to cool location immediately. Apply
cool, wet compresses and seek medical attention. This condition
can be fatal.
but not least, respect other beach patrons and remember your
beach manners. Do not leave your trash on the beach and do
not consider the sand a giant ashtray.
these tips in mind and you'll have a safe, healthy, happy
and fun beach vacation!