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Heading to the beach this summer? Before you leave, make sure you check for beach closures or hazard warnings.

Become a Safer Swimmer

Swimming, whether at a pool or at the beach is a great way to get some exercise and spend time with your family and friends. But swimming can be risky for children and inexperienced adults. These resources can help you and your children stay safe in the water:

Keeping Kids and Adults Safe

  • Through the American Red Cross water safety page you can enroll your child in a swimming class and learn where to find U.S. coast guard approved life jackets

  • CPR  is an important life-saving skill to know during a water related emergency

  • Teach your children about the importance of pool safety through this interactive video game: “The Adventures of Splish and Splash

  • Make sure to keep a cell phone and first aid kit close by in case of an emergency

  • And of course, remember to apply plenty of sunscreen to reduce the chance of skin damage

Staying Safe at the Pool

If you decide to swim at a pool this summer, remember to make sure that all equipment is up to date and that all pool drains are covered.

If you are visiting a community pool, take the time to read and follow the pool rules posted and only swim at pools where there is a lifeguard on duty.

At a residential pool, a fence should be installed around the perimeter of the pool and an experienced adult swimmer should always be present. Learn more from’s tips on staying safe at community and residential pools and spas.

Staying Safe at the Beach

It’s important to remember that swimming at a beach is drastically different than swimming at a pool so you’ll need to be extra careful  in natural bodies of water. The biggest danger of swimming in the ocean is getting caught in rip currents, powerful currents on the surface of the water that can quickly carry you out to sea. Watch this video to learn how to avoid and escape them.

Remember never to swim at a beach when there isn’t a lifeguard present and to familiarize yourself with the beach warning flags before you and your family decide to go swimming.

Do you have plans to hit the beach this summer? Here’s an easy tool to find water temperatures near you.

Heading to the beach this weekend? Check the water temperatures before you leave.

Be Prepared for Your Beach Trip

If you’re going to the beach this summer, use these resources to help you plan ahead:

  • Beach Safety — Learn about rip currents and other beach dangers to be aware of.
  • Sun Protection — Use sunscreen, clothing, and sunglasses to protect your skin from the dangerous and aging effects of UV radiation.
  • Coastal Water Temperatures — Find out how warm (or cold) the water will be in the area you’ll be visiting.
  • Weather Forecast — Check the forecast as it may affect your beach plans.