Okay, so you’ve got your bathing suit, sunscreen, flip-flops and a good book packed and you are ready to head out to the beach. Sunning, swimming, boogie boarding and body surfing await! But while you are enjoying a carefree day of beaching, don’t forget the people that work hard every day to make sure you stay safe while you are out on the water.
The Rehoboth Beach Patrol (RBP), established in 1921, is considered one of the nation’s leading beach patrols. RBP boasts over 90 years of excellence in safety, a strong history in lifeguard competition achievements, and a fully operational Emergency Medical Unit. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays) and to 5:30 p.m. (weekends and holidays). Stands are positioned throughout the beach with two lifeguards assigned to each stand.
It’s obvious that you don’t want to forgo safety while you are having fun in the sun. Follow these beach safety tips to ensure that you and your family remain safe in and out of the water during your vacation.
WATER SAFETY: No matter what your skills are, swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach and within the designated swimming area. Rip currents are common dangers in our waters. Check out some tips on how to handle them. Be aware of high surf, shore breaks, jetties and jellyfish. And it goes without saying – obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.
SUN SAFETY: Water safety isn’t the only concern. The sun’s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and continuously throughout the day (every two hours is recommended). And don’t forget to wear your sunglasses and wide brimmed hat - you’ll look stylish AND be protected!
You work hard all year to come to Rehoboth Beach for a great vacation so heed these basic safety precautions to stay out of harm's way.
*Swim near a lifeguard
*Never swim alone
*Don’t dive into unknown water or into shallow breaking waves
*Ask a lifeguard about beach and surf conditions before swimming
*If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, signal for help
*Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device
*Look for, read and obey all beach signs, symbols and regulations
*When in doubt, just stay out!