Daytona Beach Beach Safety Tips [Infographic]
Going to the beach should always be a fun time for family and friends, but, like anywhere else, there are possible dangers lurking if you aren't careful. Possible dangers at Daytona Beach can include rip currents, sharks & jellyfish, motorized vehicles, and bad weather.
Provided below, we hope you will check out our Beach Safety Tips infographic, to learn more about what you need to know to keep you and your family safe while enjoying your beach adventure.
Daytona Beach Safety Tips Infographic
How To Stay Safe at the Beach
Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, making up 7% of all injury-related deaths. Follow the safety tips below to help keep you and your children safe!
- Swim in designated areas with a lifeguard on duty
- Make sure to swim with a buddy or family member
- Stay away from areas with intense waves or rip currents
- Stay within your fitness and swimming abilities
- Be aware of incoming bad weather
Dealing with Rip Currents
The greatest danger swimmers may encounter at Daytona Beach is a rip current! Check out these fast facts about rip currents and how you can protect yourself if you encounter one!
- Rip current speeds are variable. Average speeds are around 1-2 feet per second, but they've been recorded as fast as 8 feet per second, which is faster than an Olympic swimmer!
- Rip currents can be narrow in width or more than 50 yards wide.
- Sometimes a rip current ends just beyond the line of breaking waves, though others may continue to flow hundreds of yards offshore!
- Rip currents do not pull people under the water—they pull people away from shore.
- Rip currents are sometimes mistakenly called “undertow” or “riptides” but these terms are not correct. Only the term “rip currents” is technically accurate.
If you are ever caught in a rip current, there are things you can do to help yourself escape unharmed!
- Try to remain calm, rip currents do NOT pull you under the water
- Don’t swim against the current
- You may be able to escape by swimming out of the current in a direction following the shoreline, and then at an angle toward the beach
- If you can’t escape the current, just try to float or tread water
- If you need help, yell and wave for assistance
Other Things To Look Out For at the Beach
Besides rip currents, there are several other potential dangers at the beach to be aware of:
Vehicles: Motorized vehicles are allowed to drive on certain parts of Daytona Beach, so be careful where you decide to sit while on the beach. Even if you are in an area that doesn’t allow cars – there are still beach patrols and other vehicles to be on the lookout for.
Dangerous Animals: While shark attacks at Daytona Beach are incredibly uncommon, it is still in your best interest to be on the lookout, especially if swimming near piers. More common are jellyfish, which can cause extremely painful stings.
Bad Weather: Central Florida beaches experience a lot of lightning. Always listen to the lifeguards and if you see lightning, seek shelter. The Atlantic shore also is in an area that experiences hurricanes, so pay attention to weather forecasts, particularly between June and November.
While there are a multitude of potentially dangerous things to watch out for while hanging out at the beach, the reality is that only a tiny percentage of yearly beach visitors ever experience them. We encourage everyone to take the facts and tips contained in this article to heart, and always be prepared, but never let them ruin your enjoyment of a day at the beach, which will always be one of the most fun and relaxing activities you and your family can take part in!