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Survival Tips at the Seashore

The highlight of any summer vacation is a trip to the beach with friends and family. Children love beaches and there will be no family which does not head out to the nearest beach as soon as the holiday season begins.

But there are several problems that you can face on this trip and it is best to get all the information you need from a survival guide before heading to the seashore.

The first problem that you could face is the scorching heat of the summer sun. The ultraviolet rays of the sun can be very dangerous for both adults and children.

Hence invest in a good sunscreen or sunblock with a high SPF value to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Since you will be sweating a lot, it is important to consume lots of fluids in the form of water and juices.

Take cooling drinks like lemon, watermelon and tender coconut which can not only replace the water lost but also provide nutrients to keep up your energy.

Any survival guide will also tell you the importance of taking fruits with high water content during this time.

It is also important to protect your eyes from the blazing rays; get a good quality pair of sunglasses and also wear a cap or wide brimmed hat to reduce the amount of sun hitting your body.

Wear loose and light colored clothing to beat the heat and also prevent sweat from accumulating on the body.

If you have planned a trip to the seashore with your family which includes small children, then it is important that you chose a location which has lifeguards in case of any emergency situation.

A survival guide will be useful to learn how to read the tides so that you do not venture out for swimming during high tides.

Also, carry inflatable lifebuoys for your children while swimming. It is always best to avoid going very deep into the water unless you are an expert.

If anything goes wrong and you find yourself stranded in the deep sea, then try as much as possible to swim towards the coast as it is much easier for a search plane or ship to spot you.

Learn the various signaling techniques in case you get stranded on the seashore using a survival guide.

Also, keep a fully stocked survival kit with you at all times which will help you set up shelter and protect yourself from the environment.

It is also important to learn first aid tips and CPR techniques to help any of your family members in need. If you have small children, then keep an eye on them all the time and do not allow them to venture too close to the seashore or beach.

If you are taking your child for a swim, make sure he or she wears a lifejacket for adequate protection.

Even if you want to swim in the deeper waters, make sure that you never lose sight of the shoreline; this is one way of ensuring you can swim back to safety.

Also try to swim parallel to the shoreline so that you can break free of the current and naturally get pushed towards the coast.

A survival guide can be of good use when learning tips and techniques on how to face any emergency situation at the beach or on the seashore.

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