St. Augustine Beach Guide - Beach Safety
Beach safety is a must! The following guidelines are compiled courtesy of The St. Augustine High School Community Problem Solvers.
Water Safety Tips
Learn to swim. Always swim in supervised areas and with friends. Swimming and alcohol DON'T mix. Keep children under close supervision. Do not rely on flotation devices to replace supervision. Check water conditions before entering the water. Never swim near piers, rock pilings or surfers.



Jellyfish
If you are stung - rinse with seawater, not freshwater. Compact with sand. Use an at-home remedy such as meat tenderizer, hemorrhoid cream, or baking powder. Notice: Many people are unaware that they may be allergic to jellyfish stings. If you feel a tightening in your chest, difficulty breathing, swelling or abdominal cramps, see a lifeguard immediately.

Heat stroke is dangerous! Symptoms include red, hot and dry skin; excessive sweating, loss of consciousness, rapid weak pulse, rapid shallow breathing, no sweat. If a person is suffering from heat stroke: quickly cool the body by wrapping it in wet sheets and fanning. Place ice packs upon the victims wrists, ankles, armpits and neck. To avoid dehydration drink water continuously!
Rip Currents
Rip currents in Florida are, on the average, more deadly than hurricanes, tropical storms, tornados, thunderstorms and lightning combined! USLA has found that some 80% of rescues by USLA affiliated lifeguards at ocean beaches are caused by rip currents. Look for: unusual choppiness, discoloration of water, debris and foam moving seaward. If you are caught in a rip current DON'T PANIC! Don't fight the current by trying to swim directly to shore. Swim parallel to shore until you feel the current relax and then swim to shore.

Sunburn
Remember: "short shadow, seek shade" avoid exposure from 12-2. Infants and children are more susceptible to sunburn. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, 30 minutes prior to sun exposure for best results. Re-apply sunscreen frequently especially after swimming, sweating, or drying off with a towel. You should wear: Sunglasses that indicate they will protect against UV rays, a hat with a wide brim and lip protection.

Wisely select your sun bathing area on the beach. Be far away from any traffic routes and in an openly visible spot.


Help keep our beaches clean, leave only your footprints! Thank you! Thanks to the St. Augustine High School Community Problem Solvers and the United States Lifeguard Association for these tips! For more information contact the St. Johns County Recreation Department at (904) 471-6616.
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