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Charleston County Parks News

Posted on: June 2, 2013

[ARCHIVED] It's National Beach Safety Week

Image of lifeguard on beach

National Beach Safety Week June 2 – 9
Safety Demos on the Beach June 8

[CHARLESTON] -- Each year the United States Lifesaving Association sponsors National Beach Safety Week in an effort to remind beachgoers to use caution while in and around the water. Their objective stresses the following:
• Learn to swim
• Swim near a lifeguard
• Swim with a buddy
• Check with the lifeguards
• Use sunscreen and drink water
• Obey posted signs and flags
• Keep the beach and water clean
• Learn rip current safety
• Enter water feet first
• Watch your children

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission provides lifeguards at the county beach parks and at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier in an effort to reduce the number of beach accidents. The agency employs around 60 lifeguards to keep the county beach parks safe at Isle of Palms, the Folly Beach Fishing Pier and Kiawah Beachwalker Park. Nevertheless, an informed public is essential to maintaining adequate levels of beach and water safety.

In conjunction with National Beach Safety Week, various beach safety demonstrations will be held on Saturday, June 8 at Isle of Palms County Park and Kiawah Beachwalker Park. Staff will be handing out information on beach safety and marine life, along with demonstrations such as a swim rescue scenario and a board rescue scenario. Activities will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Beach-goers and the general public are encouraged to attend for tips to a safe summer season.

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