by Aquatic Manager, Bibi Hendry, W.S.I.T., L.G.I., A.F.P., RN & Pro Bodyboarder,
Delori Manus, W.S.I., L.G.I.
1. Minimize your risk
If you are not familiar with the shoreline, do not visit unguarded beaches. Dangerous waves and currents do not happen randomly and most human involvement is a matter of choice, not chance.
Never go out alone!
If In Doubt, Don’t Go Out!!
Many ocean-related accidents are caused by:
A lack of understanding of ocean conditions
A lack of caution
Under estimating the ocean
Impaired judgment due to ALCOHOL
2. Learn the Conditions …
Always talk to a lifeguard to determine the safety level of the ocean and shoreline.
Find out about:
Strong currents and waves
Waves that break directly on the shore
Dangerous shore areas
Blue Bottle or Portuguese Man-o-War
Prevalent on North Eastern shores
First Aid Procedures:
Pour warm water over infected area to get
excess stingers off (DO NOT REMOVE
STINGER WITH HANDS)
Pour vinegar on sting
Heat or Ice for pain
Seek Medical Attention for difficulty
breathing, increased swelling or pain
Swarm South and West Shores 7-11 days
after the full moon
Obey posted signs!!!
FA: Same as Portuguese Man-o-War
A.k.a.: “Stinging Limu”
Blue-green, blackish-green, or olive green
seaweed, looks like dark matted masses of
hair or felt, usually grows in clumps
Seasonal: June – September
Causes: Itching, burning sensation and
blistering rash on body
FA: Remove swimsuit immediately. Wash
skin and swimsuit vigorously with soap and
Apply heat or ice for discomfort
Seek medical attention for difficulty
breathing or persistent pain.
3. Understand the behavior of the waves and currents
Swells arrive in groups separated by lulls.
Watch the ocean for several minutes before
entering the water. A calm sea may change
in an instant when sets (group of waves)
Don't be fooled by the variability of the
Where there are waves, there is current.
Rip currents in the surf zone can instantly
carry you out to sea.
If you are caught in a current, swim parallel
to shore until you are out of the current,
then swim at an angle away from the current
Or, stay calm and call or wave for help.
4. Remember to S.O.A.K.
Before entering the water:
Study the conditions.
Observe the activities of others in the ocean.
Ask the lifeguards about current conditions.
Know your limits in the water.
Always check surf reports when choosing a
Always obey posted signs on beach
Never under estimate the ocean