If swimming in the ocean is part of someone's holiday plans, they should check the weather and water conditions beforehand and throughout the day, swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach within the designated swimming area and obey all safety rules. Avoid alcohol before and during any water activities and make sure to never swim alone.
Other tips to keep in mind:
•Actively supervise children at all times - even if a lifeguard is present. Stay within arm's reach of young
children when they are in the water.
•Have weak swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Don't rely on water wings or inflatable joys.
•Always enter shallow water feet first. Dive only in areas marked safe for diving.
Be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:
•If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until out of the current. Once free, turn and swim
•If someone can't swim to the shore, they should shout for help, float or tread water until free of the rip
current and then head toward shore.
•Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.