Many of those who have never been to the ocean before tend to ask the following question: “Can I safely swim in the ocean?” The answer is: “Yes.” Swimming in the ocean is generally a safe and exciting activity. However, with all of the recent shark attacks, it is a good idea to swim in a guarded area and pay close attention to your surroundings. So here are a few guidelines to help keep you safe when spending the day at the beach and swimming in the ocean.

Though there are a variety of circumstances, which can turn a leisurely swim in the ocean to a dangerous situation, it can be one of the most memorable parts of a vacation. As long as you know how to be safe, because swimming in the ocean has a lot more variables to consider as opposed to swimming in a pool even if it’s the best above ground pool. There can be a few unforeseen situations during any ocean swim. Below are some tips to staying safe during your visit to the beach:

If there are concerns about the condition of the ocean at the time of swim, check with the lifeguard on duty. Ask them questions and how safe they feel swimming in the ocean would be at the time. They will give their honest opinion from personal experiences of being at the beach every day.