1. Check in with a lifeguard
Aside from making sure a lifeguard is on duty, check in with him before you get in the water, Cox suggests. “Unlike a swimming pool, ocean and beach conditions are constantly changing, but lifeguards know where the riptides are, if there’s been recent shark activity, and what the water quality is like,” Cox says. If you’re a bit more experienced, and you feel comfortable swimming without a lifeguard present, check with a local swim club regarding ocean conditions, she adds.
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