FLAGLER BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Ocean Safety

Ocean Safety Tips

 
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Keep a lookout for aquatic life. Water plants and animals may be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants. Leave animals alone.

Enter the water feet first. Serious, lifelong injuries, including paraplegia, occur every year due to diving headfirst into unknown water and striking the bottom.

While at the beach with Children or inexperienced swimmers wearing a U.S. coast guard approved life jacket will reduce chances of drowning.

 

Obey Posted Signs and Flags: It sometimes seems as though there are too many signs, but the ones at the beach are intended to help keep you safe and inform you about local regulations. Flags may be flown by lifeguards to advise of hazards and regulations that change from time to time

Use Sunscreen and Drink Water. To protect yourself always choose "broad spectrum” sunscreen rated from 15 to 50 SPF Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol, which contributes to dehydration

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. •One of the best visual identifiers of a rip current is to look out for gaps between the waves. A small patch of calm water in an otherwise choppy sea is often a rip current.

•Look out for discolored water near the shore. Rip currents tend to drag large amounts of sand and sediment back out to sea with them

There are three kinds of rips:

Flash rip: A rip current can form suddenly and vanish just as fast due to decreasing water levels or increasing wave heights.

Fixed rip: A fixed rip, sometimes formed between sand bars, can stay in the same place for days, weeks, or even months.

Permanent Rip: In a place with a permanent obstacle like a reef, a rip may be ever present.

If caught in a riptide fallow these steps.

  1. 1.Identify a rip tide. ...

  2. 2.Exit shallow water if you feel a rip current. ...

  3. 3.Remain calm. ...

  4. 4.Call for help if you are a poor swimmer. ...

  5. 5.Swim parallel to shore to escape the current. ...

  6. 6.Conserve energy when necessary. ...

  7. 7.Swim diagonally toward the shore.