Beach Safety Measures Parents Should Know Before Taking Their Children to The Beach

Posted by Carolyn Morris on


Summer time is a magnificent time for kids to play and have fun on the beach. So for you to keep your children safe on the beach there are a few simple rules to remember.

Avoiding Sun Burn and Ruining Your Vacation 

The primary thing to consider is your kids’ safety from the sun. The growth of skin cancer is increasingly popular in this generation, sun safety in the beach is vital.  

Nothing will ruin a child’s vacation quicker than a major sun burn on day one.

Below is some advice on beach safety tips to protect your kids from the harmful sun rays.

  1. The best beach safety hours for your kids are in the early morning and late afternoon. As much as possible, keep your children out from the sun around 10 am to 3 pm since the sun’s ultra violet rays is on its peak.
  2. Beach umbrellas are a reliable way to cover your whole body from the sun rays.
  1. Bring some sun protective clothes for you and your kids. These clothes should cover your child’s neck and arms. There are materials such as Lycra that still stay sun protective when they are wet.
  2. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen. An SPF 30 and a water resistant sunscreen would be ideal, put it on your child skin 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours.
  3. Give your family good quality sunglasses. It protects your children’s eyes, so it is very important not only for adults but also for kids.

We can’t really stop Skin Cancers, but we can definitely prevent it. All we have to do is to take extra precautions and positive actions to lessen the risk of it. The 5 tips I gave above are very helpful in taking care of your skin and your children’s skin.

Aside from that, it also lessens the possibilities that your child might experience the awful painful instances of getting sunburn and ruining your vacation for everyone.

Beach Hazards Parents & Kids need to be reminded of

In addition to your childs skin, it is also necessary to protect other parts of your children’s body. Sharp rocks and tide pools may be difficult with bare feet, exposing themselves to bacteria and possible puncture wounds, so children should always wear beach water shoes in this type of beach terrain.


Preparation can not substitute for vigilance, so you should keep an eye on children at all times. Be sure to pay attention to warnings posted surfing, and make them swim only where there is a lifeguard.

Teach your children the dangers of swimming and surfing. Remember, if you are caught in the undertow, you should swim parallel to the shore until you have passed the area affected by the currents. Do not panic. Most of those who drown are those swimmers who panic while fighting the current.

Beware of stinging jellyfish and other animals such as sea anemones and corals. If you’re kids get stung, wash the affected part of the body with alcohol, vinegar or isopropyl sea water, and scrape or shave the area gently to remove any remaining stingers. Do not rub or wash with fresh water or tap water.

Give them Acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve the pain, while antihistamines like Benadryl can ease itching and inflammation. If symptoms are severe or if the signs of anaphylaxis are present, consult a physician immediately.  Keep in mind jelly fish stings don’t happen often so they are nothing to be frightened of, but it always good to have a game plan, just in case.


Water Safety

Drowning is the 2nd most widespread cause of death among children under 14 years. Drowning can happen so quickly - sometimes in less than 2 minutes after a person’s head goes under water. This leaves little time for someone to help.

Below are some safety guidelines before you let your kids in the water:

1. Remind your kids to always swim near a lifeguard and if in trouble always call or wave for help.

2. Don’t let them swim alone

3. Even when a lifeguard is present, always supervised your kids closely Before our children learned to swim the rule was they had to wear floatation equipment, though life jackets are known to be necessary, this still is not a substitute for swimming ability.

4. Be a good example to your kids, follow regulations and lifeguard directions

5. Tell your kids to avoid coastal bluffs, this may collapse and may cause injury

6. And lastly, never turn your back to the ocean. Your children may be swept off coastal bluffs or tide pools that can come without warning.  Just stay alert and you will stay safe, and enjoy your vacation.