Myrtle Beach Vacation Guide

Delaware Beaches | Ocean City MD | Virginia Beach, VA | Outer Banks, NC - Myrtle Beach Vacation Guide

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Grand Strand Days Inn Myrtle Beach South Carolina - Across from the Beach


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Swimming Safety Tips

Ocean Swimming Safety Tips

It's hard to resist a day on the beach, but you'll need to know some safety rules when you're swimming in the ocean. When you first get to the beach, check with the lifeguard to find out how strong the waves are.

In some places swimmers may encounter strong undertows or ocean currents. Rip currents are so strong that they can carry swimmers away from shore before they know what's happening. If you are caught in a current, swim parallel to the shore (alongside the shore) rather than to the shore until the water stops pulling you, then swim back to shore. If you can't get back to the beach, tread water and wave for a lifeguard's help.

You might run into some jellyfish, getting stung is no fun. It can hurt and blister your skin. If you get stung, tell an adult as soon as possible.

Know how to swim! Never swim alone, swim in groups and avoid secluded beaches.

Always swim where a lifeguard can see you and in areas that are marked for swimmers to use. Ask a Lifeguard about Beach and Surf Conditions before swimming

Wear protective footwear if surfaces are rough or rocky.

Don't swim out too far.

If you are in trouble, call or wave for help. Never pretend to be drowning. The lifeguard may take you seriously.

Don't swim close to piers or near fishing areas. If the water moves suddenly, you could hit a piling or a rock.

Face the waves, instead of turning your back on them. Then you'll know what's coming.

Know the signs of a rip current, be on the lookout and warn others if you see a rip current.

Look For, Read and Obey All Beach Safety Signs and Symbols.

Don't ever dive. Go feet first.

Avoid swimming at night, dawn or dusk.