Okay, so you’ve got your bathing suit, sunscreen, flip flops and a good book packed and you are ready to head out to the beach. Sunning, swimming, boogie boarding and body surfing await! But don’t forgo safety while you are having fun in the sun.
The Rehoboth Beach Patrol (RBP), with an over 80 year history of excellence in safety, is considered one of the nation’s leading beach patrols. Follow their beach safety tips to ensure that you and your family remain safe in and out of the water during your vacation.
Obviously the best advice is to know how to swim. No matter what your skills are, swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach and within the designated swimming area. Check the local weather conditions and even if you are a strong swimmer, make sure you have enough energy to swim back to shore. And it goes without saying - obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.
Rip currents, high surf, shore breaks, jetties and jellyfish are also common dangers in our waters. Check out RBP’s website for tips on how to handle all of these dangers.
But water safety isn’t the only concern. The sun’s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and continuously throughout the day (every two hours is recommended). Some people can burn in as few as 15 minutes of sun exposure so don’t wait until your skin starts to feel hot or look pink: by then it’s too late. Eating lobster may be a special treat, but looking like one - not so much. And don’t forget to wear your sunglasses and wide brimmed hat - you’ll look stylish AND be protected!
You work hard all year to come to Rehoboth Beach for a great vacation so heed the RBP's basic safety precautions to stay out of harm's way.
- Swim near a lifeguard
- Never swim alone
- Don’t dive into unknown water or into shallow breaking waves
- Ask a lifeguard about beach and surf conditions before swimming
- If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, signal for help
- Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device
- Look for, read and obey all beach signs, symbols and regulations
- When in doubt, just stay out!