- Be aware of lifeguard flags and know the meanings before heading into the ocean. Green indicates favorable swimming conditions. Red over red means no swimming. Purple warns of marine life.
- Do not panic if you're caught in a rip current. Swim parallel to the shore until the current breaks and then swim to land.
- Avoid becoming over heated and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Never drink alcohol. Shade your head and body by wearing a hat and sitting under an umbrella or tree.
- Unprotected skin can result in painful sunburns and may lead to skin cancer. Liberally apply sunscreen and reapply often throughout the day and after swimming.
- Sea creatures live in the ocean so be aware of your surroundings when swimming. Many birds in the water can indicate schools of baitfish, which are the prey of sharks.