Water Safety of the Week #8

Learn Rip Current Safety: USLA has found that some 80% of rescues by USLA affiliated lifeguards at ocean beaches are caused by rip currents. These currents are formed by surf and gravity, because once surf pushes water up the slope of the beach, gravity pulls it back. This can create concentrated rivers of water moving […]

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August 9, 2019

Water Safety Tip of the Week #7

Keep the Beach and Water Clean: Nobody likes to see the beach or water littered with trash. Even in places where beach cleaning services pick up trash daily, it may linger on the beach for hours, causing an unsightly mess and threatening the health of birds and animals. Do your part. Pick up after yourself […]

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August 2, 2019

Upgrades at Suffolk parks expand access for people with disabilities

On Friday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced new purchases and projects at three county beaches to increase accessibility, especially for those who are disabled. The improvements at Smith Point County Park, Cupsogue Beach County Park and Meschutt Beach County Park include installation of blue mobility mats on the sand to help people get closer to […]

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July 26, 2019

Water Safety Tip of the Week #6

Obey Posted Signs and Flags: It sometimes seems as though there are too many signs, but the ones at the beach are intended to help keep you safe and inform you about local regulations. Read the signs when you first arrive and please follow their direction. Flags may be flown by lifeguards to advise of […]

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July 25, 2019

2019 Junior Lifeguards Week #2

Week #2 Introduction: Heat Wave (10:05-10:10 AM) Mini Heat Wave Precaution Lecture How do you stay safe in a heat wave? Stay hydrated with plenty of water, ideally every 15 minutes — even if you’re not thirsty. Don’t drink sugary drinks, or other caffeinated beverages, as they will only make dehydration worse. Stay under the […]

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July 20, 2019

Water Safety Tip of the Week #5

Use Sunscreen and Drink Water: Everyone loves a sunny day, but exposure to the sun affects your body. Without sunscreen, you can be seriously burned. The sun’s rays can also cause life-long skin damage and skin cancer. To protect yourself always choose “broad spectrum” sunscreen rated from 15 to 50 SPF, or clothing that covers […]

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July 19, 2019

Water Safety Tip of the Week #4

Check with the Lifeguards: Lifeguards work continually to identify hazards that might affect you. They can advise you on the safest place to swim, as well as places to avoid. They want you to have a safe day. Talk to them when you first arrive at the beach and ask them for their advice. Source: […]

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July 12, 2019

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Water Safety Tip of the Week #3

Swim with a Buddy: Many drownings involve single swimmers. When you swim with a buddy, if one of you has a problem, the other may be able to help, including signaling for assistance from others. At least have someone onshore watching you. Source: www.usla.org

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July 6, 2019

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Water Safety Tip of the Week #2

Swim Near a Lifeguard: USLA statistics over a ten year period show that the chance of drowning at a beach without lifeguard protection is almost five times as great as drowning at a beach with lifeguards. USLA has calculated the chance that a person will drown while attending a beach protected by USLA affiliated lifeguards […]

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June 28, 2019

Water Safety Tip of the Week #1

General Information on Drowning Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States and the second leading cause of accidental death for persons aged 5 to 44. For children in the one to two year age range, drowning is the leading cause of injury death. In some states, like California, Florida, […]

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June 21, 2019