Be Safe While Enjoying the Beach

Beach weather 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:

  • If your child becomes lost, find the nearest lifeguard immediately.  We encourage all parents to teach their children to go to a lifeguard when they realize that they cannot find the adults with whom they came to the beach with.  Parents and family members, remember, seek lifeguard assistance immediately if you cannot find your child at the beach.  If there is no lifeguard in the area, call 911.
  • 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.
  • Never mix drinking alcohol with going into the ocean!
  • 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.

For daily beach and ocean condition information, call the Jax Beach Lifeguard Station at 904-249-9141.

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