30A Beach Safety Tips
Summer is when 30A luxury homes become vacation and tourist hot spots as homeowners and tourists flock to the famous beaches of South Walton.
Make sure you stay safe while having fun on the beach, especially if you have children spending their summer vacation with you along 30A.
Here are some safety tips for beach lovers:
1. Never swim alone.
Always swim in a beach with lifeguards. Before going for a dip, talk to the lifeguard about the conditions of the beach, the waves, current, and wind.
2. Learn how to swim and know your limitations.
Even if you know how to swim in a pool, remember that swimming in a pool is very different from swimming at a beach. The winds, currents, and crashing waves are unpredictable and can change quickly. Swimming in currents and waves could cause fatigue and drown even a seasoned swimmer.
3. Use a flotation device to protect you from rip currents.
Smooth water located between breaking waves could be a sign of a rip current. Ask the lifeguard about using a US Coast Guard approved flotation device.
4. Limit your time in the water.
Your body cools a lot faster in water. Get out of the water immediately if you begin to feel cold.
5. Familiarize yourself with the warnings represented by colored beach flags.
These are the most commonly used color coded beach flags and their meanings:
- Double Red: Beach is closed to the public
- Single Red: high hazard, e.g., strong surf or currents
- Yellow: medium hazard
- Green: Calm conditions although caution is still necessary
- Purple: Flown with either Red or Yellow: Dangerous marine life, but not sharks
As cliché as it may sound, it’s always “better to be safe than sorry” and one last tip...don’t forget your sunblock!