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Safety Tips For The Beach

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 5:15 pm

I have been fascinated by the ocean since 1954, when me and my family moved to Coronado from Michigan.

My Coronado buddies and I loved to go fishing off the rocks in front of the Hotel Del, also surfing off South Beach, skim-boarding and snorkeling off South Beach. When I went to San Diego State University, I took marine zoology classes, which I got my degree in.

I have also worked as a docent at the Stephen A. Birch Aquarium at UCSD.

Beach and bay safety is where I am most concerned with today. I really respect the way Coronado handles “safe-keeping” of her beaches and bays!

I’m sharing some safety tips here.

Helpful Hints for

Summer Beach-Goers

Carpool to the beach and watch the time limits where you park. It is best to get to the beach early in the day to find a good parking spot.

Leave no valuables, such as wallets or cameras in your car.

Bring no glass to the beach or bay. Remember: “Glass on the beach leads to cut feet.”

Leave alcohol at home. Swimming after imbibing may be fatal, and sooner or later you will have to drive home.

Check with lifeguards or signs on the beach about where the safe swimming area is. Remember to always supervise your children at the beach.

As a precaution, on all sandy beaches, shuffle your feet when wading through shallow water. This will frighten away stingrays, which may share the same areas you do.

Build fires only in designated areas, and when through with the fire, let it burn out on its own. (Never cover a fire with sand.)

Before playing Frisbee, softball or over-the-line, check with the lifeguards to see if your play won’t endanger someone else’s enjoyment of the beach.

Use sunscreens or sunblock to guard against the sun. Also, a wide-brimmed floppy beach hat will keep the sun off your face.

Know your limits and don’t exceed them when swimming or body surfing. Also, it is wise to always swim with a buddy.

If you are caught in a rip current (a current flowing away from the shore) just relax and catch your breath. When you are breathing normally again, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. If you need lifeguard assistance, look towards shore, then wave your hands back and forth. Do your best to stay under control and breathe normally. If you have plenty of air in your lungs, you will float much better.

As you leave the beach, please put all your trash in the trash can, and pick up any extra trash in your area.

Have a safe summer!

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