Approximately 68 percent of the US population intend to travel more this summer, according to a March 2021 survey conducted by The Vacationer. This year’s sunny season will be one of making up for lost times, as droves of travelers hit the beaches like it has been a year since they’ve last visited them, which it has.
But since most of us have not been out and about in a while, we could use a little brushing up on the boxes we need to tick to ensure that we’re all safe while we’re having fun.
1. Make Preparations Wisely
Safety on the water begins with preparation. Warmup exercises are crucial for preventing cramping. You would not want to be caught in a deep part of the water with your limbs only half-functional. Even skilled swimmers can drown because of a limb that cramped in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Aside from this, you are also best advised to hydrate as much as you can. Contrary to popular belief, you do sweat in the water, especially if you are exerting yourself. Although heatstroke and other such complications are rare in swimmers, they are known to have happened before. Pack sunscreen as well, as it is also a powerful deterrent to heat-related issues.
2. Know Your Basic Safety Guidelines
Another vital component of water safety is observing proper guidelines. Your best protection against the hazards that accompany swimming is to take note of the factors that cause them. Each swimming setting has its own set of hazards that you need to be aware of. Rivers, for example, can have strong currents that can be too powerful to get out of, especially if the area is rocky or located near a bridge or dam.
In some cases, swimming in freshwater can be even riskier than swimming in saltwater, as you are less buoyant in fresh water. Even pools present dangers that would be unwise to disregard.
Swimming in a pool that had just been cleaned would put you at risk of chemical damage. Diving would also be ill-advised outside of designated diving areas. And one can drown even in a shallow pool if one is too intoxicated to keep their head above the water.
3. Research Your Destination
Besides general hazards, every location has its own set of dangers that you would do well to research and prepare for. For example, the weather at a certain beach may be known to suddenly shift from sunny one minute to stormy the next. Or another location may be infamous for its rip currents. For your safety, it’s best to google a certain area to find out what other things you need to keep in mind.
Making sensible preparations such as these is a necessary part of ensuring a fun-filled day doesn’t get soured by anything untoward happening. Just keep these key points in mind and you can enjoy your day at the beach without a care.