Water safety tips for Spring Break in Florida

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Florida Travel Guide: Spring Break Water Safety Tips

So you’re traveling to Florida for Spring Break. You’re likely excited to hit those white sandy beaches to commence sun worshipping and playing in the waves. But before you go and get carried away with all that fun in the surf, why not take a few minutes and read our tips for getting ultimate enjoyment out of your beach vacation (basically, this is how not to get yourself drowned on your vacation)?

Respect the water

You’ll notice that Florida beaches use a flag system to help you determine whether or not you want to brave the water. Get familiar with this system. It’s not really all that hard:

  • If you spot two red flags, that means the water is closed. CLOSED. No wading, swimming, rinsing off your toes…stay on the beach. It also means there aren’t any lifeguards on duty, so be smart.
  • A yellow flag means you should use caution because there may be some riptides or an undertow.
  • A blue flag means you’re safe to get wet.

General water safety tips:

Ya, they’re basic, but we can all use some reminders from time to time…
  • Don’t drink and swim. That’s just stupid.
  • Never swim alone. Also a dumb idea.
  • If you get caught in a rip current, DO NOT try to swim against it. Let it carry you until you can manage to get out of it and swim parallel to shore until you’re clear of it.
  • Be smart. If the waves don’t look safe, chances are they’re not.
  • If you get caught in a storm, get the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of the water. If there’s lightning, run away.

Tell us…

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?