Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for aquatic mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. While enjoying the beach or a pool, please follow these simple, life-saving tips:
- Know and understand the meaning of each flag found in the beach warning flag system. Signs and flags are posted at each beach public access area.
- Educate yourself and family on rip currents. Learn how to break the grip of the rip current if you do get caught here.
- Swim near a lifeguard station.
- Never swim alone.
- Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present.
- Do not rely on flotation devices, such as rafts, you may lose them in the water.
- Alcohol and swimming don’t mix.
- Protect your head, neck, and spine – don’t dive into unfamiliar waters – feet first, first time!
- Don’t swim at dawn, dusk or at night as these are times when sharks feed.
- Move inside to a building or vehicle during thunderstorms.
- Follow regulations and lifeguard directions.
- Report hazardous conditions to lifeguards or other beach management personnel at (850) 981-8888.
Have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable time on vacation!