National Beach Safety and Rip Current Awareness Week is recognized from June 1-8 and leads right into the summer season.
This week is dedicated to raising awareness in aquatic environments. San Clemente City Lifeguards will be hosting an Open House at Lifeguard Headquarters located on the north side of the pier from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7.
San Clemente beaches can be a wonderful recreational resource, but they can also be dangerous. Lifeguards are on duty in an effort to prevent and reduce the number of accidents at our beaches, but they cannot do the job alone. An informed public is essential to maintaining adequate levels of beach and water safety.
The objective of National Beach Safety and Rip Current Awareness Week is to make citizens aware of the need to be safe while in and near the ocean. This objective stresses the following:
- Learn to swim. IT’S FUN!
- Check with the lifeguards before entering the water
- Swim near a lifeguard
- Never swim alone
- Join a Junior Lifeguard Program
- Never dive head first into unknown waters or into shallow breaking waves
- Learn rip current safety
- Protect yourself from the sun: Use sunscreen
You can also visit www.usla.org to obtain more ocean safety information. The City of San Clemente Marine Safety welcomes and encourages everyone to attend the open house. This is a great way to learn more about ocean safety tips before the summer season begins from the city’s professional and friendly lifeguard staff.