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If you are concerned about taking your children to the beach because you fear for their safety at the beach or while ocean swimming, go to a beach that is fully patrolled by lifeguards, since they have extensive emergency training. Consider choosing a spot on the beach that has easy access to the lifeguards and/or a telephone. That way, you will not have far to take your child for the necessary help in case of an emergency. Even if you are nervous, however, remember that lifeguards are there to monitor and protect everyone on the beach, so refrain from distracting them with minor complaints. That way you - and everyone else - will be assured of a quick response in the case of a real problem on the beach.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|