You are going to the beach and you want to have the best vacation… right? Of course you do. I’m going to give you a few easy tips so you and your family are well prepared. You can soak up the vitamin D and enjoy the waves with confidence. Are you ready for this quick and easy beach safety guide? Let’s get started!
Beach Safety Tips from a Local
So many times when we are at the beach we see families with missing/wandering children. These children like so many others get lost and then thankfully found on the beach. Taking the necessary precautions and tips I’m sharing with you will ensure that you have a great vacation.
1. Before you get everyone out of the car tell the kids the rules for setting up. For instance, “While mom and dad set up the umbrellas and chairs you all can lay out the beach blanket, and NO running down to the water until we are ready.” This way you don’t have children running straight for the ocean. It’s very hard to set up everything while trying to keep your eyes on your children.
2. Be smart and set up your spot right near the lifeguard chair, this way the children have extra eyes on them while they are in the water.
3. Take the time when you have your spot set up to point out your umbrella. If there are five other umbrellas that are the same color show your children landmarks that kids can easily spot. We love the Rio Extreme Shade Total Sunblock umbrella. It has an easy to spot logo, it’s perfect for sand and turf, and most importantly it blocks 99.8% of the rays. We love it!
5. Talk to your kids about currents and rip tides beforehand and again when you get there. Be aware of what a rip tide looks like and what it does. Make sure your child knows if he is in a rip current NOT TO SWIM AGAINST IT, he will just get tired and carried out further.
These 5 things can be done/talked about in the first 10 minutes of arriving at the beach and can save a child’s life.
6. SUNSCREEN! I try to always remember to put it on my children before we even get down to the beach, but if you don’t that’s okay. Just make sure you put it on before the children run off to play. Also you should apply it every 2 hours, yes even the waterproof. No spray cans please, they aren’t good for your children or the environment. It’s better to lather them up with a lotion. The sun is hot and sunburn hurts. Not to mention it’s terrible for their skin. Our top choices are Homemade Natural Sunscreen (recipe coming soon).
7. I vote for bright colored rashguards. Boys and girls can rock cool looking rashguards. It gives their skin extra protection. The brighter colors are easier to spot in the ocean, therefore safer. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, rashguards are the shirts made for water, they dry quick and keep the sun away. They also guard your body while boogy boarding or surfboarding. We are loving Sun Smarties and Tuga Kids.
9. Bring lots of water, keeping yourself and the children hydrated is so important.
10. Keep babies and animals out of the sun. If you take a baby to the beach make sure you have proper gear (SPF canopy, tent, umbrella) to protect them, as well as protective clothing. Babies have thinner skin and don’t regulate heat like adults do. The Rio Extreme Shade offers UPF 100+, with a vented section for air flow, it also anchors down for wind protection and is extremely easy to use. Total win for everyone that has one.
11. Remember the sun is the hottest between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. So think of going out for the early morning hours then head in for lunch and a rest. Go back out around 3 for a few more hours, this way you have missed the hours where the sun is hottest. If you decide to stay out all day, just be aware that everyone needs more water, and sunscreen during this time of the day.
I hope these tips help you have a wonderful and safe vacation.
Family Beach Days are the Best!