Spring Break is here and for many beachgoers that means fun in the sun and cooling off in the water.
Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue would like to share a few tips with you on how to stay safe during your Spring Break Beach Day:
- Swim near a lifeguard. Lifeguards are strategically placed throughout the beach depending on daily crowds and conditions.
- Ask the lifeguard where the safest place to swim is. Ocean conditions are constantly changing during the day. Check with your lifeguard to know where the safest place to swim is.
- Use a leash. Whenever you are bodyboarding, surfing or paddle boarding, use a leash to help keep control of your board.
- Keep a safe distance from the pier. The pier has many dangers around it that can cause serious harm. Stay at least 200 feet from the pier and always obey the lifeguard's warnings.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Use sunscreen and stay in the shade whenever possible.
- When you hear thunder or see lightning, leave the beach! In the event of bad weather in the beach area, beachgoers should leave the beach and seek shelter immediately.
- If your child becomes lost, find the nearest lifeguard immediately. If there is no lifeguard present, call 911.
- Never mix drinking alcohol with going into the ocean!
Feel free to call the lifeguard station for daily beach and ocean condition information - 904-249-9141