This week we had the opportunity to tour a local lifeguard tower. Water safety is so important and it extends beyond just knowing how to swim. When you visit the ocean, you need to also think about the sea creatures you may encounter as well as the ocean current and water condition.
Another important aspect of safety at the beach is knowing where to turn if you need help. The boys learned that if you get lost from your group or are injured, you can go to a lifeguard for help! It’s also important to pay attention to any signs you see on the beach and keep an ear out for announcements over the loudspeakers.
Posted on the side of the lifeguard tower there is important information about the condition of the water. Here you can learn the temperature of the water, whether the water is safe to play in (not contaminated), when high and low tide are going to be and if there is a rip current that you need to watch out for.
After the tour, we decided to spend the rest of our day playing at the beach. This was a new to us beach and the boys were thrilled to discover different rocks and seashells than the ones we find at our usual beach.
Another new thing we discovered at this beach was sand crabs! Now when I was little, we found these all the time at our regular beach, but for the last 10 years they have been harder and harder to find. Every trip to beach, I’d dig and dig at the shore line and would find one or two tiny ones. This time with every handful, we’d get 5 or more crabs! And some of them were HUGE! After a few minutes of observing the little creatures, we returned them to the surf.
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