Every year, there are horror stories in the news about freak accidents happening at the beach. It is easy to allow these to alarm you, but you really should not let your fears get in the way of a great vacation. First of all, freak accidents are considered such because they are rare. Second, there are things you can do to keep your kids safe at the beach so everyone can relax and have fun. Below are our top 5 tips to keep the kids safe at the beach so you can enjoy your time in the sand and waves.
Digging in the sand is great, but there are a few people each year who dig deep holes that then collapse and trap them. Make sure that any hole your children dig are shallow enough that they cannot become buried should the sand collapse. Pick an object, such as a plastic shovel, and show the kids exactly how deep they can dig.
When it comes to open water, it is easy to literally get in over your head. It is vital that you know how well everyone in your party can swim, including the adults. If you have novice swimmers with you, try to pick an area close to a lifeguard tower so help is close by.
Waves roll in to the shore, and then they roll back out. When they go back out, they create a current in the water than can knock your feet from under you and carry you out to sea. Even adults can fall victim to this, and children are particularly vulnerable. Learn how to identify riptides even in very shallow water, and always stay right next to your child when in the ocean, no matter how far in you are. And if you and your child do get swept up in one, do not try to swim back to shore; instead, swim parallel to it until you escape the riptide.
Riptides aren’t a given; they tend to form in pretty specific areas based on the land formations. To avoid them and enjoy areas where the water is the calmest, just ask the lifeguard where they are. These are people who have spent at least this entire summer at the beach, so they know it better than most.
When in a group with plenty of adults, it is easy to assume you can step away for a moment and others will take over. This is a dangerous assumption. Always ask someone directly to keep an eye on the kids, otherwise everyone will just assume that someone else is doing it, and that is a recipe for disaster.
With all this said, don’t let your worries distract from your fun. If you use these tips, you should be able to relax during your vacation.