Hawaii is best known for its incredible weather — we’re talking top-notch, endless-summer weather that makes everyday a beach day. We’d argue that there are few things better than sand between our toes and salt water in the air. Unfortunately, a beach day can take a quick turn from fab to drab if you’re not prepared for all the dangers the sun and the ocean have to offer. Below are a six safety tips for your next beach day in paradise.

BEWARE OF WARNING SIGNS

Hawaii’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division have created various signs to act as warnings for beachgoers. Such signs are to alert people of dangerous/hazardous conditions (jellyfish warnings, strong current, dangerous shore break, shark sightings, etc). While some posted placards are permanent to their accompanyingbeach, some are based on the ever-changing, daily beach and ocean conditions. If you have any questions on what a sign means, ask a lifeguard, they’re there to help. Always remember, if in doubt, don’t go out!

WEATHER CHECK

Just like electricity and water don’t mix, the same is to be said about lightning and the ocean. Take a look at your local weather report before heading out. Stay away from the beach if it shows lightning in the forecast. No beach day is worth being struck by lightning.

PICK YOUR SPOT WISELY

Upon your arrival at the beach take notice of where the lifeguards are stationed and stay near them when swimming. We suggest using their towers as a stable landmark while in the water. This will prevent you from drifting and keep you safely under a lifeguard’s eye.

SOBER IS BEST

Alcohol not only hinders your judgment, it also dehydrates you. While it’s tempting to sip on a few mai tais while working on your tan, we highly suggest staying away from the water if you’re planning on indulging, and hydrating properly during your time on the sand.

SLATHER UP

A single blistering sunburn can double a person’s chance for developing skin cancer. Now take into account all of the beach days, and potential cases of sunburn you have in a lifetime — WOWZA. We cannot stress enough the importance of protecting your skin. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher before heading to the beach, and reapplying every two hours thereafter will give your skin the armor it needs to stay safe.

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

Just a couple of hours under the blazing Hawaiian sun can cause some serious symptoms of heat exhaustion and sun poisoning. Don’t wait until you become too disoriented, fatigued and weak to hydrate. Pack lots of water andhydrate, hydrate, HYDRATE while having your fun in the sun.

While the conditions and rules will vary from beach to beach, these 6 tips will help to ensure you’re as safe as possible wherever the tide may take you. If your beach day is cut short but you’re still hungry for an adventure, give us a call, we’d love to bring out the explorer in you! We’re dedicated to offering exclusive tour and rental services that are sure to leave you with memories to last a lifetime.