Southwest Florida Beach Safety Tips

These beach safety tips are great to know – they may even save a family member’s or your life.

4 Important Beach Safety Tips

  1. Don’t Swim Against a Rip Current – If a rip current is puling you out to sea, swimming against it will only make you tired. Instead, swim out of the current parallel to shore. Once out, swim back to shore.
  2. Know the Signs of Drowning – Drowning can be a quiet process. No breathing means no calling for help. Because humans instinctively push their arms into the water, a drowning victim may not be able to wave for help. So, whether someone is flailing frantically for help or quietly bobbing at the surface with their mouth submerged and arms extended horizontally, ask them if they’re alright, if they cannot answer, help them or get help quickly.
  3. Never Turn Your Back to the Waves – Don’t let a carefree attitude get you swept up by a sneaky wave. Even on a calm day, always keep an eye on the surf to avoid injuries.
  4. Protect Your Neck – To avoid serious neck injuries, never dive into unknown waters. Remember, “first time, feet first”.
Beach Safety and Guidelines infographic. Important beach safety tips to ensure your family has a fun and safe Southwest Florida beach vacation. | Must Do Visitor Guides

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Nita Ettinger is Co-publisher for Siesta Publications Inc. and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed magazines and the website Must Do magazines are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County Chamber of Commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications can be found.