If you grew up near an ocean or have swam in the ocean too many times you’ve lost count then I will not have any new information for you. If you have never been to the ocean or went once and had a bad experience then you may find this useful.
The ocean is not as big and scary as some may think, but it’s also not all peaches and cream either. I’ve learned some lessons the hard way (who doesn’t?) and also learned some great things about having the best time swimming in the ocean!
DO – Bring a swimming buddy along. Even if there are lots of people swimming in the same area as you it never hurts to have a buddy to swim you incase anything happens. Even the strongest swimmers can get cramps, get hurt or dragged in by an undertow.
DONT – Open your eyes! This one is pretty straight forward. Ocean water is nothing like fresh water and if you open your eyes they will sting, bad. If you want to check out the cool things under the water invest in some swimming goggles. You can also wear your sunglasses if you just plan on hanging out along the shore but want to avoid getting salt water splashed in your eyes.
DO – Be sure you are a confident swimmer before going too deep. The waves can be quite powerful depending on where you are and you don’t want to be in a situation where you are swept away or keep getting bounced around by the crashing waves.
DONT – Shave the morning before. If you are careful, ok go for it, but anyone can accidentally cut themselves or shave too close. I once went into the ocean after shaving my legs are oh my goodness it stung so much. So correction: Don’t if you might cut yourself while shaving.
DO – Swim parallel to the shore to evade riptides. These are caused when waves eventually create a narrow opening for water to pull back into the ocean. These tides can be incredibly strong, so swimming against them is not beneficial.
PRO TIP: The waves are the best part of swimming in the ocean, however like anything else you need to ensure you are doing things safely to avoid injury. Don’t turn your back on the waves, always be aware of the wave and size of the wave that is coming towards you so you can better prepare yourself. If the wave is at a reasonable height you can jump up to ride over the wave. If the wave seems too high for you to do this then jump into/under the wave and let it go over you.
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