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Family fun and ocean safety should be your first priority during a day at the beach. While beachgoers are enjoying the water, lifeguards are constantly on the look-out for swimmers in distress. Nevertheless, you are responsible for your own well-being and that of the small children who are with you. Be prepared to watch small children closely while they are ocean swimming, or even just near the water. Lifeguards may be on the lookout, but accidents can happen quickly, and it's best that you know what is going on so that you can get help if necessary. You'll also want to keep an eye on children playing away from the water so that they do not get lost in the crowds.
One of the rules my parents taught me was that when you're out in the water, your biggest problem is the waves, because even if the water's four-feet deep, the waves can be like, two feet high, so for a person of average height in four-foot water, they'll be over their heads as soon as you can say high-tide. So, the stragedies I've always used when around small children is that I'll look at the water when the tide looks as high as it'll get while they're out there, and count how many waves go past. Then I'll tell them don't go more than like three waves out, so that way, they'll count the waves that pass them, and know when they're in the danger zone. Plus, I would strongly advise against letting small children in the water AT ALL during high tide, the waves are far too unpredictable, and a lot of things float in the water like a red seaweed that's common in the TExas beaches that kinda stings. High tide is a good time to get lunch, and make sandcastles because if you put it close enough to the water, you can make a moat that fills up, and put things like crabs in it. Also, right when high tide is letting up, it's a good time to see what floated in, it's the best time to search for seashells.