Safety Tips For a Family Beach Vacation in Thailand
While the beach can be a perfect vacation destination for families, it can also be very dangerous. You want your vacation to be filled with good memories, and the last thing you want is for anyone to get sick, injured, or die. To make sure that your family trip to the beach is as safe as possible, here are some suggestions that you should follow:
1. Pay Attention to the Local Warnings
You need to understand that the wind causes waves. If the wind is strong, there is a high chance that the waves are going to be as strong. When the currents and waves are getting too strong and more frequent, it means that the water is not safe for anyone, even for professional surfers and especially for small children. Here are some signs and warnings that you should look out for:
Double Red Flags: This means that you should stay away from the water as it is extremely dangerous.
Red Flag: For this, you must stay close to shore and be ready to leave the water.
Yellow Flag: The conditions are moderately dangerous, which means that only strong swimmers are able to venture out further.
Green Flag: This means that the ocean is safe for everyone.
Keep in mind that not every beach has these signs put up. In some countries, there may be a different warning system that you are not familiar with or there may not be any warnings at all. Therefore, be sure to ask the lifeguards or your hotel managers for guidance.
2. Do Not Consume Alcohol When Swimming
Nothing good can come out of drinking alcohol before going near the ocean. Not only can alcohol weaken your judgment, balance, and coordination, but it can also cause dehydration, especially if the sun is out and you are not drinking enough water to stay hydrated. Moreover, alcohol can hamper the body’s ability to stay warm. This means that if you happen to fall off a boat into cold water, you will have a harder time keeping yourself warm long enough for you to be rescued or swim back to shore.
3. Ask the Local Lifeguard About Wave Conditions
Before you dip your toes into the water, make sure that you ask the lifeguard about wave conditions at the beach first. Strong rip currents can be very dangerous as they can pull even the strongest of swimmers far away from shore and away from the surf zone. Shorebreaks can be beautiful as it can be life-threatening. Even the most skilled and experienced swimmers and surfers can suffer from fatal neck and spinal injuries resulting from shorebreaks.
4. Make Sure Non-Swimmers Are Supervised
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children behind car accidents. As drowning people are struggling to keep their mouths above water, they cannot scream or even wave for help. They are able to keep their face above the water for about twenty to sixty seconds before they go under again. Therefore, if anyone in your family does not know how to swim, make sure that they are supervised at all times.
5. Get to Safety When You See Lightning
Most beaches normally close when there is a storm. However, if you go to a location with minimal beach oversight or maintenance, there may not be anyone around to tell you to get out of the water and get to safety. Lightning strikes on beaches are also one of the most fatal threats for beachgoers. If you see any sign of lightning, make sure that you get inside your shelter as soon as possible.
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