How to Stay Safe at the Beach during Your Florida Vacation
Staying at an ocean front hotel is a great way to enjoy the Florida sunshine. The beach is a great place to play, build sand castles and work on your tan. But you do have to be careful to make sure accidents don't happen. Here are a few tips to ensure you and your family stay safe at the beach during your vacation:
Beach driving - One of the cool things about Daytona is that you can drive your car right on the beach! However, beach driving can be tricky, especially during dry periods. When it doesn't rain for many days, the sand dries out and gets very soft. If you try to speed through the soft sand, your car can get stuck. If this happens, don't worry. Beach patrol watches out for this, and drivers will be pulled out of the sand, free of charge.
Swimming - It takes different skills to swim in the ocean, so make sure you swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach, within the designated swimming area. Keep an eye on local weather conditions too. Storms can approach quite suddenly, especially in the heat of the afternoon. Even if you're a strong swimmer, make sure you have enough energy to swim back to shore. Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets in and around the water. Waves can cause a loss of footing even in shallow water.
Rip currents - When you're at the beach, check to see if any warning flags are up or ask a lifeguard about water conditions, beach conditions, or any potential hazards. Rip currents are dangerous, and are responsible for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards each year. Rip currents can form in any large open water area, such as low spots and breaks in sandbars, or near jetties and piers.
If you get caught in a rip current, stay calm and don't fight it. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once free, turn and swim toward shore. You can also float or tread water until you are free of the rip current, and then head to shore. If you feel you can't make it, wave your arms and call for help.
Jellyfish - These aquatic creatures can be quite exotic-looking, but their tentacles pack a punch. If you happen to get stung by a jellyfish, remove any pieces of tentacle by washing the area with seawater. Avoid touching the tentacles with your hand. Use an object like a credit card instead to gently brush them off. Rinse the affected area with vinegar for at least 30 seconds. Don't use fresh water, because this can reactivate the stinging cells. Use mild hydrocortisone cream or oral antihistamine to relieve itching and swelling.
Remember these tips the next time you head to the beach, so you and your family can have a good time and still be safe. When you're looking for an ocean front hotel in Daytona Beach, the Atlantic Ocean Palm Inn is an excellent choice. As a family-owned motel, we pride ourselves on providing friendly, courteous service, so our guests feel right at home during their stay. Call 800-634-0098 to ask about our featured specials.