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Family Beach Safety

For many, a family beach day is a great way to enjoy a Hawaii vacation. To ensure a safe family beach vacation, here are some things to remember.

Pay Attention To Warning Signs - Pay attention to various beach signs that alert and warn beachgoers of hazardous conditions. Some of these signs are permanent while others are posted daily, depending on ocean and beach conditions. Some warnings may involve high surf or the presence of jellyfish or sharks in the water. If you're not sure what certain signs mean, be sure to ask a lifeguard.

Ask About Wave Conditions - Ask a local lifeguard about wave conditions at the beach before you get into the water. Rip currents account for most rescues performed by lifeguards. These are powerful, channeled currents of water that flow away from the shore and can quickly pull even very strong swimmers far out to sea.

Know the Real Signs of Drowning - Unlike what's portrayed on TV or the movies, drowning people cannot wave or call for help. They would be trying to keep their mouths above water and waving their arms would allow them to sink. Also, a drowning body remains upright in the water, commonly without evidence of kicking.

Don't Dive Until You Know How Deep - Enter the water feet first, especially if you're in shallow or unknown waters. Never dive head first into surf and dive only in water that's clearly marked as safe for diving, at least 9 feet deep with no obstacles.

Look But Don’t Touch - Don’t let curiosity get the better of you or the kids – look but don’t touch. Some marine life washes up on the beach, and when this happens, do not get too close or touch it.

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