General water safety
"Buddy up", don't swim alone.
in Lifeguard supervised areas, especially children.
3. Know the rules, read the posted signs & adhere to lifeguards
directions, rules serve to protect.
4. Watch the water, be aware of the potential hazards. Ask about
hazards, rip currents, rogue
5. Feet first, never head first, take the time to survey the environment.
6. Children & Inexperienced swimmers should utilize US coast
guard approved flotation.
7. Save your skin, apply sunscreen,
sunblock & wear rash guards, hats and sunglasses.
8. Take a course in C.P.R., artificial respiration & rescue
9. Stay hydrated but avoid alcohol.
10. Get fit & stay fit and understand your limitations, " any
doubt, don't go out"!
Know and follow all local, state and federal laws.
a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
3. Obtain the knowledge, skills and ability
necessary for kayaking and canoeing.
how to swim an self-rescue. "Practice makes perfect" !
5. Boat in groups, 3 boats
is a recommended minimum.
6. Pick an activity level
that matches your ability, and progress to more demanding challenges,"
know your limits".
safety, rescue,navigational aids, water,food, protective clothing
8. File a float plan, with
friends,,family, or the authorities & check the weather,
& water conditions.
9. Monitor your physical
and emotional condition, and watch your friends for fatigue, illness,
and changes in behavior.
10.Wear bright colors and carry
a bright light, flares, and whistle to signal your position.
11. Check your equipment, make sure everything is working from top to
12.Take a boating safety
class offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, learn CPR &
Surfing & SUP Safety tips: "What you choose to ride is irrelevant, if you are riding a wave; you are surfing!" -ceholli
1. "Buddy up" surf with someone.
2. Know how to swim, swim strong & practice.
3. Take a lesson, understand thebasic fundamentals of surfing.
4. Stay with your board, with or without a leash.
5. Understand all possible hazards, ask lifeguards or locals about
rips, rocks, reefs & sea creatures.
6. Know your limitations, "any doubt, don't go out"!
7. Maintain your equipment: body, board, leash and gear.
8. Have a plan, don't paddle out in the set waves, paddle around to the
break when surfing reefs.
9. Relax when you wipe out, panic & fear exhaust oxygen supply,
keep your head covered with hands on head, elbows out.
10. Wear a helmet when surfing reef or rock breaks.
11. Learn CPR and 1st aid, lend a hand or
leash if someone needs help.
12. Practice and understand safe surf Etiquette. More info on surfing
etiquette. More surfing
Renting surfboards: Rent a board before buying; find out what you like!
Surfboards are a major investment financially but more importantly in
your fun time, buy what you like not a board someone sells you. Renting
surfboards when traveling: Less than 10 days; rent and you will have a
full quiver at your disposal for changes in wave consistency & save
Boating Safety tips: 1.Always
wear a life jacket and insist that your
crew and guests do the same. 2.
Take a boating
safety course .
3. Stay in control by taking charge of your safety and that of your
4. Never drink alcohol while boating but do Stay Hydrated. 5.
Understand and obey boating safety recommendations and navigational
6. Operate at a safe speed and always maintain a careful lookout.
7. Check the weather forecast.
8. Have your vessel checked for safety—for free. 9. Use a carbon monoxide detector.
10. File a float plan.
If using a boat to fish,
wear a life jacket and make sure each passenger wears one, too.
daily—the natural environment is subject to change without notice.
Don't fish in areas
where it is not permitted. These areas have been declared “off limits”
to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.
When choosing a site
for fishing, always consider safety factors. Because fishing is
practiced in a variety of environments, evaluate factors specific to
safety in each environment.
Weather is always a
factor. Set up a weather committee or rotate weather forecasting
Bring along extra
safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cell phone or
Always wear footwear
appropriate to the conditions.
Stay dry, warm and
protected from the elements. Wear a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF
(sun protection factor) of at least 15. Wear thin layers of clothing
that progress outward to include water and wind protection as the final
Use appropriate insect
protection measures, including proper clothing and repellents.
Keep fishing knives
sharp and cover the blade when not in use.
Handle fish carefully
& when baiting & removing hooks.
glasses when casting.
2. Don't dive beyond your ability.
hold your breath, breathe
slowly and in a relaxed manner and to exhale fully.
dive alone, take care of each other.
5. Get fit & stay fit allowing you to handle the stress of
slowly and with control, 30
feet per minute, stop at 15 feet for at least 3 minutes after
8. Maintain your
equipment, check & service regularly.
9. Relax, never panic, stop,
breathe, think and then act.
your dive and dive your plan.
Shark Avoidance tips:
1. Avoid murky, cloudy water. 2. Swim, surf, dive, snorkel or play in groups. 3. Try to stay close to shore to insure immediate assistance. 4. Be alert to areas where birds are feeding. 5. Do not enter water with open wound. 6. Understand that sunrise & sunset are favorite feeding times. 7. Do not wear shiny objects. 8. Do not splash excessively. 9. Sharks like areas between sandbars and drop offs. 10.Use your noggin, if sharks are present or sighted stay out of the water. 11.Remember, shark attacks are rare & usually a mistake by the shark.