Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

June 15, 2013

Beach Safety: Keeping safe with fun in the sun

VALDOSTA — During the summer months, families travel hundreds of miles to enjoy the beauty of the ocean. While going to the beach might be many families’ perfect vacation, it can quickly become a nightmare if beach-goers are not careful. It is important to remember these tips to ensure your safety during a beach vacation.

Pack sunscreen. The first item that should be packed for a beach trip is sunscreen. Vacationers should make sure their sunscreen is at least an SPF 15 and also that it is waterproof. It is important to remember that swimming and sweating, both very common at the beach, can weaken sunblock. Beach-goers should reapply sunscreen at least once an hour to prevent sunburn.

Pack flotation devices. This goes for both adults and children, the most avid swimmers and swimming newbies. Always remember to pack a float, a life vest or arm floaties. Children should always be accompanied by an adult and should always have life vests or arm floaties on while swimming at the beach. Adults should also bring flotation devices into deep water (shoulder depth) with them. Drop-offs on the ocean floor, currents and waves can cause water to quickly become deeper than expected. Rip tides and waves can quickly pull a person under water and these floatation devices could be a life saver.

Stay hydrated. When at the beach, dehydration is a very serious issue, despite being right beside the water. Depending on how long they are staying at the beach, vacationers should always pack at least a half-gallon, or about four bottles, of water per adult. A third of a gallon of water, or about three bottles of water, should be brought for each child. It is important to remember to drink a lot of water throughout the day, this will help keep the body hydrated.

Sit beside a lifeguard. This is important to remember, for families especially. During the mayhem of having children at the beach, parents are often not paying close attention to their surroundings. A lifeguard will keep an eye out for changing currents, sharks and other dangers and inform beach-goers about these dangers. A lifeguard is also important for individuals going to the beach. A lifeguard will keep an eye out for swimmers who might get caught in the rip current and attempt to rescue anyone who is drowning.

A few other tips include: Always remember to pack aloe-vera or burn treatment in case of sunburn. If the hotel has a refrigerator, putting the aloe-vera in the refrigerator will cool it off and help with the sting of the sunburn as well. Also pack a few large T-shirts to wear over a sunburn. Avoid wearing tight clothes on a sunburn because this is more likely to lead to skin aggravation, blisters and peeling.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ARociewilliams_002.jpg Woman shares nearly a century of lessons

    With nearly 100 years of life under her belt, Ocie Viola Williams has plenty of advice to share with the world. Her top two pieces of advice: know the importance of education and don’t expect a teacher to raise your child for you. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • psst1 photo page copy.jpg PSST! finishes peachy season

    Peach State Summer Theatre concluded its 2014 season Sunday, a season which broke attendance records for the professional musical theatre company.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_2381.jpeg Award-winning young professionals share success secrets

    The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber’s MetroOne Young Professionals hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn to highlight successful business practices.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140726_summerlibrary002.jpg Library celebrates end of summer reading program

    With the first day of school just around the corner, students are soaking in the last few weeks of summer vacation. The end of summer also means the end of the South Georgia Regional Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • artseason1 copy.jpg A sneak peek at some area arts organizations’ 2014-15 seasons

    Beethoven. Tennessee Williams. Non-stop art. Two versions of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 2014-15 arts season is coming.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • sabalmap.jpg Sabal Trail explains its position

    Representatives from Sabal Trail Transmission recently sat down with The Times to provide an update on the ongoing pipeline and potential economic development opportunities associated with the project.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072514-MoodyComp007.jpg Moody AFB crews race in load competition

    Moody Air Force Base hosted a weapons load competition Friday morning, a maintenance group tradition in which two 23d Maintenance Group A-10 munition load crews raced against the clock to load munitions onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • moonshine bust.jpg Police close illegal drinking house

    After receiving numerous complaints, the Valdosta Police Department shut down an illegal alcohol sales operation Friday.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • election.jpg Black earns most votes in runoff

    State Rep. Ellis Black led the votes for state Senate District 8 Friday with seven of seven counties reporting certified results, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140724-LAT1.jpg Little Actors Theatre ready for summer show

    Since 2004, the Little Actors Theatre has provided a place for children ages 6 to 19 to express themselves through acting.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results