By following Project Wipeout’s safety tips, you and your family can
enjoy a fun and safe day at the beach. And remember, you cannot determine
the depth of the water by looking at the surface, whether you are standing
at the shoreline, on a pier or jetty, or on a surfboard. Always check
the depth of the water with your feet, not your head!
- Learn to swim. If you can’t swim an overhead stroke for at least
15 minutes, you should not be in the ocean.
- Never swim alone. Always swim with a buddy, and swim near a lifeguard whenever possible.
- Stay out of the “surf zone” where the waves break at the shoreline.
Waves are at their greatest force here, and even a small wave can lift
you up and throw you headfirst into the sand.
- Never dive headfirst into the water from the beach, a surfboard, pier or
jetty. Sandbars could lie just beneath the surface
- If you are boogie boarding or bodysurfing, keep your arms out in front
of you to protect your head and neck.
- When bodysurfing, swim at an angle to the shore.
- If you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you
are out of the current. Then swim at an angle away from the current toward
- Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30, 15 minutes before
going outdoors and reapply every two hours or more if you’re sweating