Have you been looking forward to a beach or lake vacation? There are some important tips to consider in order to stay safe in and near these bodies of water. However, some hazards are, at times, unavoidable. They could be a rip tide, jellyfish stings, parasites in a lake, jet skiing accidents, etc. To avoid such scenarios, where help in not imminent, here are some safety tips to consider.
When a strong storm is near, riptides can occur as a result of strong sea currents. To stay safe, you should first exit shallow water if you feel a strong pull. Stay aware of your surroundings and avoid deeper water if you are not a good swimmer. If you should happen to get caught in a riptide, do not try to fight your way to shore. You will not win, and many people have drowned this way from exhaustion, trying to fight against it. Most of the tides are less than 30 feet wide, so do not panic, and let it just carry you out until you can start to swim sideways. When you feel you are out of the riptide's grip, then swim back to shore.
Jellyfish are found in the ocean and carry poisonous venom. To treat a jelly sting, there are different remedies you can try. You should wash the affected area with sea water to reduce the burning sensation and get rid of any tentacles that are attached to your skin. Then, if possible, clean with white vinegar for about 30 seconds, or pour it straight on the area. It is recommended to carry vinegar in your bag when going to the beach, for this very possible scenario. You can also take a hot shower or soak the affected are in warm water for 20 minutes. If the irritation does not subside, make sure to visit a doctor.
Parasites In Lakes
A great concern with lakes is the brain eating amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri. This parasite is found in warm, fresh water lakes, rivers, unchlorinated swimming pools and hot springs. The best preventive measure you can take is to not let water get up into your nose. To prevent that accident from happening, keep your head above water or wear a nose clip. This guarantees that you will be safe. Do not stir up the mud at the bottom of the lake, since there are a few parasites that you could be stirring up. However, this particular one has a mortality rate of over 95%, even with medicine. Since infection takes around 1-7 days to show, it is advisable to see a doctor if you have a headache or stiff neck.
Jet Skiing Safety Tips
To enjoy jet skiing, following safety tips are helpful, to remain protected. A life jacket should be worn at all times, and it should fit properly, for both driver and passenger. Stay alert and sober, because drinking impairs your judgments AND your ability to swim properly, as well as making it easier to have an accident. Have the proper jet ski equipment, like a first aid kit and lanyard, which is a kill switch attached to your wrist, so if you fall off the jet ski, the engine will shut off. Know all of the controls and what they do, how to get back on the jet ski if you fall off, and how to flip it back over if it get overturned.
As you plan to enjoy your adventures on or in the water, be on the lookout for safety measures (and parasites...yikes) so you can enjoy your time in peace. One of the most important safety tips is to avoid poor weather conditions at all times.