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5 Tips For Staying Safe at The Beach

Here in Hawai`i beach days happen weekly, for some it’s even a daily occurrence, and it’s no big deal. It’s what we do here in paradise. Unfortunately, it’s easy for a relaxing beach day to turn into a bad memory when you aren’t prepared. Here are a few tips to help keep your beach days, as often or as occasional as they may be, safe and relaxing.

CHECK FOR ANY WARNING FLAGS. Be sure to skim the shore for any flags a lifeguard may have set out on the sand. These signs will indicate things such as strong currents, jellyfish or whether or not the beach is closed.

PICK A SPOT NEAR A LIFEGUARD. Lifeguards can see things about the beach that most beachgoers don’t. Make a mental note of where they are on shore and stay near them when swimming. Also, don’t be shy to ask them any questions you may have about the beach, almost all lifeguards will be happy to help.

PROTECT YOUR SKIN. Sunburns are no fun, and haunt your skin days after you beach visit. Sunburns up your chances of developing melanoma later in life. Avoid the burns by slathering on a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30. Hats, umbrellas and shaded areas also help to prevent serious sunburns.

BEWARE OF OCEAN LIFE. Hawai`i is known for its occasional wave of Portuguese Man of War, a little blue bubble with long venomous tentacles. Though their stings are not deadly, they are extremely painful and will be sure to put a damper on your beach day.

KEEP HYDRATED AND FED. Extended exposure to heat and water eventually lead to a reduced level of energy. Don’t forget to pack LOTS of water and nutritional snacks whether you’re at the beach for twenty minutes or ten hours. The last thing you want is to be dehydrated in the hot sun.

We hope these tips help to make all your beach days relaxing, memorable and safe. You’re bound to be at the beach this summer, but make sure you’re prepared. Here at Hanauma Bay Snorkel our customers are our number one priority. Whether you’re snorkeling with us or beaching somewhere else, we want you to be safe. Give us a call to take your impending beach day to the next level, complete with snorkeling gear and stress-free transportation. Visit our reservations page to view our availability or give us a call to book a session today.

Aloha from,

The Hanauma Bay Snorkel Ohana

 

HIKING 101

It is no secret that O’ahu is home to hundreds of scenic hiking trails. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy trek or a long and strenuous jaunt, O’ahu delivers. No matter where it’s at, when you go or what the weather may forecast, there are a handful of items you will need for any hike. All of the following can effortlessly fit into a light back pack.

SHOES. Closed toe, tight fitting, comfortable shoes with a solid grip are a must. Depending on your hike of choice and your experience, you may consider wearing anything from regular tennis shoes to waterproof boots. A good pair of shoes will help to reduce the risk of falling.

WATER. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – we need water to survive. Heat exhaustion/stroke are almost directly related to the body’s lack of water. The last thing you want to do is pass out on the top of a mountain. We cannot stress this enough – sure, dehydration may just cause a little dizziness, but it can also cause death.

SUNSCREEN AND REPELLENT. It’s debatable that the two most annoying things in the world are mosquito bites and sunburns. We’d have to agree. The state of Hawai’i is home to lots of sun and a spectrum of bugs. Don’t mess around, keep your skin protected.

TRAVEL SIZE FIRST AID KIT/WHISTLE/LIGHT. We hope you will never need any of these things while hiking in Hawai’i, but it is better to be safe than sorry. All three of these items are inexpensive and easy to squeeze in a back pack.

SNACKS. Snacks serve a few different purposes. Food in general offers an extra boost of energy, and on a hike, this is key. You can bring as little or as much as you want, but I think we can all agree that it’s hard to enjoy a scenic view after a long, hot hike when your stomach is growling. Throw a few energy bars in your back pack and call it good.

What better way to end a hike than with a dip in the ocean? That’s where we come in. Call us today to book a snorkeling session – we can help you experience all that Hawai’i has to offer both in and out of the water. Aloha!

Hanauma Bay Snorkel Ohana