November "Tips From Tats" - Ocean Safety 101
There's nothing like a day at the beach in Hawaiʻi. The warm Hawaiian sun on your face, sand in your toes, and waves crashing along the shore. Keep the beach fun going with these safety tips for everyone.
Ask lifeguards about current ocean conditions before entering the water.
Pay attention to beach warning signs – whenever possible, sings are posted on beaches that warn beachgoers about any current dangers such as strong currents, sharp corals, slippery rocks, etc.
When in doubt, don’t go out! Whenever you’re not sure if a beach is safe to swim in, don’t enter the ocean.
Never turn your back on the ocean.
Never swim alone.
If you ever find yourself in an unsafe situation, wave for help, keep calm and don’t panic.
Remember that individual beach conditions on all Hawaiian Islands are seasonal - in some months a particular beach can be great for ocean activities and in other months these activities are not recommended.
BONUS TIP: In July 2018, Hawaiʻi became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals that are found to be harmful to aquatic life. If you plan to go out in the Hawaiian sun, be sure to protect both yourself and the environment with reef safe sunscreen. For a list of a few of them courtesy of Trilogy Excursions, CLICK HERE.