Be Aware of Hazards & Weather

- Thursday, June 15, 2023
Lallis & Higgins Insurance - Life Jacket

Being water competent in the ocean requires stronger and different skills than in a pool. Whenever you are at the beach, ocean or other open water environment, watch and prepare for:

  • Changing tides.
  • Fast-moving currents and waves, even in shallow water.
  • Drop-offs that unexpectedly change water depth.
  • Unexpected changes in air or water temperature.
  • Hazards, such as underwater obstacles, rocks and debris.
  • Vegetation, marine animals and fish.
  • Other people’s activities in the same waters, such as boating.
  • Thunder & Lightning.
    • Leave the water immediately, if swimming off shore.
    • If you’re out in a boat, head back to shore as quickly as possible.
    • If you’re unable to get to shore, lie down in the bottom of the boat or shelter in the cabin if available.

Establish and Enforce Rules and Safe Behaviors

  • Enter the water feet first for your safety!
    • Always enter unknown or shallow water cautiously.
  • Only dive in water clearly marked as safe for diving, at least 9 feet deep with no underwater obstacles. Never dive head first into surf!
  • Do not enter the water from a height, such as a bridge or boat.
  • Be careful when standing to prevent being knocked over by currents or waves.
  • Swim sober.
  • Supervise others sober and without distractions, such as reading or talking on or using a cell phone.
  • Swim with a buddy even in lifeguarded areas.

Take These Water Safety Steps

  • Employ layers of protection including barriers to prevent access to water, life jackets, and close supervision of children to prevent drowning.
  • Ensure every member of your family learns to swim so they at least achieve skills of water competency: able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance then get out of the water safely.
  • Know what to do in a water emergency – including how to help someone in trouble in the water safely, call for emergency help and CPR.


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