With all the fun and exciting activities here on Maui, it is no surprise that many adventures take place in the ocean. As an enjoyable experience for all ages, we would hate for you to miss out on the clear and warm Hawaiian waters. So it is important for us here at Hawaii Ocean Project to pass along a few ocean safety tips that we would like you to keep in mind as the waves wash over your feet.
Keep the local lifeguard in your sights
With an understanding of the current condition of the water, it is helpful to pay special attention to any information the lifeguard may announce. Important broadcasts can include information about high surf, rip currents, and dangerous rocks that are hidden due to the tide. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on where the lifeguard is at all times, so pick a spot to set up “camp” that has a clear view of the tower.
Please keep in mind that not all of the beautiful white sand beaches of Maui have a lifeguard on duty, so check out where lifeguard towers are present before you go!
As we mentioned before, the buddy system is crucial in any outdoor activity. Having an extra set of eyes to watch surroundings will prove useful and, besides, who really wants to have all the fun on their own? It is recommended that inexperienced swimmers, as well as children, wear life jackets in and around the water. Children should also never swim alone and should have a watchful adult close to the water in case of an emergency.
Currents and Wave Action
Along with keeping watch for your buddy, it is important to pay close attention to the water. While lifeguards are actively doing this, it does not hurt to be proactive yourself! Here in Hawaii, we are taught from a young age to never turn your back on the ocean and this is something we would like to share with you. Even in shallow water, wave action can easily cause a loss of footing in all ages which could potentially be dangerous.
Rip currents are another hazard that lies beneath the surface. Lifeguards have a pretty good idea of where these lie but should you find yourself caught in one it is crucial to remain calm and to not fight it, the last thing you want to do is exhaust yourself. Swim parallel towards the shore until you are out of the current and, if you cannot make it out, draw attention to yourself by calling for help. Should you see someone in trouble, call a lifeguard or 911 if one is not present.
Whether you are lounging amongst the beachfront palms or on an ocean adventure tour, safety is Hawaii Ocean Project’s number one priority and it is something that we take very seriously. While these tips may be general knowledge, there is value in recalling them before your next day of fun in the sun.