Do your summer vacation plans include fun on the water? Or in the water? A sandy beach with waves from the big oceans crashing onto the shore? Going to try your hand at scuba diving for the first time? Or maybe you have dreams of hanging ten on a surfboard. Or perhaps you just want to make some contact with the wild animals beneath the waves that you can only see in captivity back home Kansas. If your summer vacation plans include a trip to the beach and exploration of the world of fun beneath and above the waves, then you should equip yourself with some basic knowledge that can mean the difference between a summer vacation that is memorable for the right reasons rather than for the wrong ones.
The rip current is that underwater current that will pull you right out to sea no matter how calm the surface of the water seems and no matter how strong a swimmer you think you are. I can speak from frightening experience: when I was a teenager, I managed to find myself alone in the water about a hundred yards from my family members. The safety of the coastline was only about twenty yards away, but the current beneath a not terribly rough Gulf of Mexico was almost too much. Nobody could hear me yelling for help and I figure I was probably about two minutes away from being so tired of trying to swim against the current that I just gave up and let it carry me out to sea. If I had only known then about the secret of beating the strongest rip tide: keep swimming parallel to the shoreline until you have escape the underwater rip current and only then start swimming in toward the beach. Fortunately for me, the waves on top of the water were strong enough that day to push me sideways until I actually accidentally escaped the rip current.
First Time Surfing
Many people out for summer vacation on the beach fall in love with the idea of taking a chance on surfing. Especially at beaches where the waves are too small for serious surfers. Many beaches feature an opportunity to rent a surfboard and let you give it a try on these diminutive waves that do not seem to pose much of a safety hazard. True, you probably won’t ruin your summer vacation by going all Greg Brady with a head crashing into an unseen rock on these small waves, but keep in mind that surfboards are heavy objects that can do very serious harm to swimmers regardless of the size of the wave you ride. If you are tempted to make this summer vacation memorable by being the one where you learned to surf, do everybody a solid and learn to surf far enough away from swimmers that it doesn’t become the summer vacation of someone else’s head trauma.
First time s cuba diving is a more serious summer vacation undertaking than taking a ride on a surfboard on two foot swells. Unless you are making a very serious mistake, you will have to take scuba lessons from a certified instructor. Those lessons can seem a bit overwhelming and eventually most people reach a state of information paralysis as they just want to get into the dang water. One matter of scuba driving instruction that you do not want to go through with glazed eyes and faulty memory are hand signals that indicate to other underwater vacation adventurers potentially life-threatening situations . You may have seen movies where scuba divers are equipped with microphones and speakers and can converse with each other quite clearly. Chances are that your summer vacation scuba diving lessons won’t include that particular option. Instead, your instructor will show you how to use your hands and arms to signal to other divers such information as being in a distress, running low on oxygen, the presence of a boat and so on. If you really want your summer vacation at the beach to include scuba diving and you want to ensure you get back above the surface safe and sound, then make sure to pay attention and memorize all the signals that scuba divers use to communicate with each other.
Depending on the beach you plan to visit during your summer vacation, you may potentially be an unwelcome houseguest in the home of some very dangerous fish. Sharks, sure, but also barracuda and other species of fish that won’t mind trying to take a bite out of your hide under the right conditions . One surefire way to attract attention of just about any fish is to wear shiny jewelry into the water. Any kind of jewelry that dangles and dances beneath the waves and bounces off pulsars of reflected sunlight essentially turns you into the very same kind of lure that anglers use to catch fish on their hooks. Those bouncing flashes of reflected sunlight can have the very same effect on your body that they have on the bait attached to a fisherman’s hook. Unless you want some dangerous fish looking at you as bait on a lure, leave the jewelry back on shore or, better yet, back in the hotel. Chances are you may lose your jewelry in the waters of a beach before you actually attract a fish that could pose a danger to your health, but why take the chance?