Are you planning a boat vacation to Florida to escape the winter blues? While you might believe the beach is all sunshine and smiles, there are some dangerous things that must be taken into consideration. While you’re preparing for your tropical escape and getting your boat ready for voyage, make sure you also properly prepare for beach and ocean safety. 

  1. Wear sunscreen, and stay hydrated.
    Sunburn can ruin even the most well-planned, luxurious vacations. Make sure you lather yourself up with 30 SPF and reapply either after two hours of sunbathing or after swimming. While you’re at it, stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol (especially if you’ll be driving the boat), and drink plenty of water.
  2. Protect your feet.
    The idea of a long walk on the beach might sound romantic, but romance can quickly turn into an emergency if you step directly on a sharp edge of the rocky coastline. Pack some water shoes, such as Tevas or Chacos, to prevent cuts from shattered glass, broken coral, and other loose debris in the sand.
  3. Swim safely, and watch out for riptides.
    There’s a large variety of fun activities you can do in the ocean. Snorkeling, surfing, boogie boarding, and wakeboarding are just a few examples. However, open water is dangerous. Always swim with caution, and keep an eye out for rough surf and rip currents. These things can turn a leisurely swim into a terrifying nightmare.
  4. Watch the weather.
    When you plan your trip months in advance, it’s impossible to know if you’ll have good weather or not. Make sure you keep an eye on the forecast so you can properly prepare for whatever weather you’ll run into.
  5. Prepare for the worst.
    It’s not likely that you’ll have a run-in with a jellyfish, stingray or shark, but it’s smart to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Ask local surfers and sailors if they’ve heard anything about local threats. Before you depart, make sure you have insurance in case you need medical assistance while voyaging around the waters.