Happy beach season to all!

Now that summer is officially here, you and the rest of South Jersey are probably rushing to hit up the beach and soak up some sun. Before you do that though, you should definitely check out what tips the American Red Cross are handing out to beach-goers this summer.

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Some of these are common sense, but nonetheless all very important.

  • 1

    When at the beach, check conditions before entering the water.

    Check to see if any warning flags are up or ask a lifeguard about water conditions, beach conditions, or any potential hazards.

  • 2

    If someone is in trouble in the water, get help from a lifeguard.

    If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the victim something that floats like a life-jacket, cooler, inflatable ball and yell instructions on how to escape the current.

  • 3

    Keep alert while enjoying the water and monitor local weather conditions.

    You never want to ignore the signs for things such as rip currents or thunderstorms.

  • 4

    Always swim sober and never swim alone.

    Be more aware and put the drink down.

  • 5

    Never dive headfirst.

    Don't risk a head injury for a cool dive.

  • 6

    If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm.

    Under no circumstance do not fight the current.

  • 7

    Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current.

    Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore.

  • 8

    If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.

    If you feel you can't make it to the shore, draw attention to yourself by waving and calling for help.

  • 9

    Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties.

    Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.

  • 10

    Young children or inexperienced swimmers are encouraged to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets in and around the water.

    Never let them go in to the water unprepared.