Floridians are fortunate enough to live in a state that experiences beach weather almost year round but before you put on the sunblock and shades there are things you must remember. Number one, safety should be the ultimate goal, as ocean water is not like any other type of swimming environment and the perils of swimming in the ocean are many.
Knowing how to swim is essential in any water but more so in the ocean as the ocean lends to unpredictable and most times unforeseen circumstances. According to the American Red Cross, rip currents causes the death of beach goers each year.
Aside from knowing how to swim, there are simple rules you and your family can adopt and these should be followed every time you enter the water. Always make sure you are never alone, if something does go wrong someone will see and be able to get help.
Also make sure you obey all the posted rules and regulations, they are there for a reason. Pay extra close attention to children in the water as they themselves are unpredictable and make sure that you do not go too far out, staying as close as possible to the shore line reduces the risk of an incident.
Even the most experienced swimmers can find themselves in difficult situations in the ocean. If you are not an experienced swimmer you should consider a life jacket at all times. Keep in mind that not all beaches have lifeguards on duty so knowing what to do to prevent an accident is the best way to ensure you and your family’s safety.
Don Westerfeld has been active in the field of Insurance and Financial Planning since 1997. Don grew up in Indiana later moving to Lakeland Florida where he continues to reside with his wife and children. When he’s not in the office you can find him enjoying the great outdoors. He has served on several charitable business and non-profit organizations and continues to provide guidance, advice and support to local charities.
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