This summer when you get the family ready to go the beach, there’s a few things that every parent or guardian should consider. While not every beach is full of people, many are crowded and can easily cause communication problems if you’re trying to gather everyone to eat or get ready to leave. Combined with the natural elements there are plenty of things to consider when you go to the beach. However, with a few safety precautions and tips, you’ll be able to focus on having fun rather than worrying about whether or not everyone’s going to be okay.
The Sun Nobody wants to get sunburn and have to deal with it for the rest of the week, so your best bet is to bring sunscreen with you on the way to the beach. In conjunction with the sunscreen bring an umbrella or parasol to put but your beach towels so the sun isn’t constantly beating down on you when you’re trying to relax. This is especially good for children, since they’re probably not worrying about how their tan is going to look at the end of the day. Allergies should be taken into consideration when it comes to sunscreen along with all of the chemicals that could have adverse effects on the skin and the bloodstream. Consulting a doctor is the best way to go about handling children and sunscreen-it could help avoid plenty of problems.
The Water The best thing you can do is to teach your children how to swim at an early age. They’ll get a second nature feel for their body and be able to cope with waves that come in on the beach. On the other hand, they won’t be strong enough to deal with some of the larger waves that can crash on the beach. To combat this, you should consider what beach you’re going to and just how rough the waves can get. Also, make sure you know where all of the on-duty lifeguards are and if they switch at anytime, make sure you know when someone is watching and when someone isn’t. Knowing everything there is to know can prevent disaster.
The Crowd If you live in the city and you’re visiting the beach, odds are you’ll probably end up being one of a few hundred situating themselves on the beach. While your children may find some friends to make it a memorable morning and afternoon, there is always the chance that there are predators lurking about. Make sure you know where they are at all times and if you think the beach is simply too big and they can get lost; give them something to allow you to know where they are at all times. A plastic whistle around their neck is something they can use if they feel they’re lost. Knowing this specific sound in a smorgasbord of yelling and chatter can be critical to finding them. Any other ideas such as unique clothing should be considered as well.
As a family you can agree upon certain things that should be followed such as how far out in the water the children can go how far away they can go from the general area of where the towels and the parents are. Communication is the best thing you can do when it comes to making sure everyone is safe and has a good time. Remember that if you’re going to use sunscreen then you should reapply it as necessary and if you’re going to let your children swim as they please, then you should know exactly how far out they’re going and where all of the lifeguards are.