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Stony Brook, NY, July 16 - September 10, 2020 - This summer, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) want you to still enjoy the beach safely while you be safe

COVID-19 brings more considerations beyond the usual beach safety messaging. So, starting in early July and running through Labor Day Week in September, our Sea Grant programs are going to be launching a new social media graphic each week to remind beachgoers to stay safe and have fun!

Navigate to ... Week 1 | Week 2 Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9


Week 1: Stay Social, Be Distant! | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

This summer, the beaches are open and you should enjoy them! Just remember that you still need to practice social distancing – embrace your personal space.

Stay at least 6 feet apart from other beach goers that you didn’t come with; this is about the average length of a surfboard, two boogie boards, a bit more than an beach towel’s length, or three beach chairs  you could even measure based on your beach umbrella’s pole!

When you’re walking around the beach, to and from the parking lot or other facilities, or if you can’t stay more than 6 feet apart from others, remember to wear your mask. Frequently wash or sanitize your hands – and if you feel sick, stay home.



Week 2: Break The Grip of the Rip  | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

Rip currents are one of the deadliest beach hazards. They occur as ocean water moves swiftly away from the shore. 

If caught in a rip, remain calm! Wave or call for help, flip onto your back and float, rather than fighting against the current, and follow it as it takes you to calmer waters where it dissipates and you can swim safely to shore.

If you notice someone else in danger, do not try to save them yourselves - rather maintain visual contact with the victim and send another beach goer to get help, or call 9-1-1.

NYSG offers its rip current resources at www.nyseagrant.org/ripcurrents.
 
Remember to enjoy the beach safely this summer by (1) avoiding physical contact with others (outside of those who you came with); (2) bringing and wearing your mask when you’re not sitting on your towel or in the water; (3) washing your hands; and (4) if you feel sick, stay home!


Week 3: Shoreline Rescue  | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

Many rescuers often become victims themselves, if you notice someone in the water who needs assistance, follow these steps to assist them while you stay safe! 


Act quickly, maintain sight of the victim, call for help or send someone else to get help, and if possible throw a floatable to them. 

Common beach items that float include life jackets, coolers, boogie boards, surfboards, or pool toys. 

Remember to enjoy the beach safely this summer by (1) avoiding physical contact with others (outside of those who you came with); (2) bringing and wearing your mask when you’re not sitting on your towel or in the water; (3) washing your hands; and (4) if you feel sick, stay home!


Week 4: Grab your sunscreen and sanitizer! | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays which are powerful enough to damage your skin and result in sunburn! 

The National Weather Service (NWS) issues a daily UV Index, a number ranging from 0-10; the higher the number, the greater amount of skin damaging UV radiation. Make sure to check this number and the appropriate protective actions before you spend a day outside.

When you do go outside, use a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect against UV rays, which contribute to premature aging, sunburn, and skin cancer. Apply generously and reapply every two hours and/or when you get out of the water. 

This summer, in addition to protecting yourself from the sun, remember to protect yourself from COVID-19. Don’t forget to bring any extra safety precautions such as your mask, which should be worn when you can’t social distance, and plenty of hand sanitizer to apply often. 

To increase effectiveness, your hand sanitizer should be at least 60% alcohol and wipe any sand or sunscreen off before applying.

Remember to enjoy the beach safely this summer by (1) avoiding physical contact with others (outside of those who you came with); (2) bringing and wearing your mask when you’re not sitting on your towel or in the water; (3) washing your hands; and (4) if you feel sick, stay home!

Week 5: Be a water watcher! | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

While you enjoy the beach, remember there are many hazards and a nice day can quickly turn dangerous or even deadly! 

Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to those you are with, particularly small children or those who are poor swimmers. By doing this, you can react more quickly, if a situation were to occur. 

Remember to enjoy the beach safely this summer by (1) avoiding physical contact with others (outside of those who you came with) - stay at least 6 feet away from fellow beach goers and swimmers; (2) bringing and wearing your mask when you’re not sitting on your towel or in the water. however, masks should not be worn in the water, as they can be difficult to breathe through if they get wet; (3) washing/sanitizing your hands; and (4) if you feel sick, stay home!

Week 6: Stay dry when waves are high! | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

Waves form as the wind interacts with the ocean’s surface; the stronger the wind becomes, the larger the waves get! Even smaller waves can be very powerful and easily knock over a wader or toss around and disorient a swimmer. 

The National Weather Service issues daily surf forecasts. Be sure to check your local report before you head to the beach. 

If you do go into the water, always swim near a lifeguard and if you notice someone in trouble, remember to call for help rather than attempting to perform a rescue yourself.
 
If the waves look high, enjoy a day playing on the sand; but remember to: (1) avoid physical contact with others (outside of those who you came with) - stay at least 6 feet away from fellow beach goers and swimmers; (2) bring and wear your mask when you’re not sitting on your towel or in the water. however, masks should not be worn in the water, as they can be difficult to breathe through if they get wet; (3) wash/sanitize your hands; and (4) if you feel sick, stay home!

Week 7: Don’t let your mask become marine debris! | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

Marine debris, as defined by NOAA's Marine Debris Program, is any manufactured solid material that is intentionally or unintentionally disposed of or abandoned into the marine system. Marine debris can originate at the beach or make its way to the ocean from inland areas being carried by water or wind; it persists in the marine environment and causes harm to plants and animals.

If you remove your personal protection equipment be sure to keep an eye that it doesn’t blow away and land in the ocean. Make sure you take everything that you brought with you and dispose of your trash in appropriate receptacles.

Remember to enjoy the beach safely this summer by (1) avoiding physical contact with others (outside of those who you came with) - stay at least 6 feet away from fellow beach goers and swimmers; (2) bringing and wearing your mask when you’re not sitting on your towel or in the water. however, masks should not be worn in the water, as they can be difficult to breathe through if they get wet; (3) washing/sanitizing your hands; and (4) if you feel sick, stay home!

Week 8: Pay Attention to Lifeguards! | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

Lifeguards work to protect beachgoers from ocean-related hazards, such as rip currents. In fact, according to the United State Lifesaving Association (USLA), the chance of drowning at a lifeguarded beach to be 1 in 18 million. 

Always swim near a lifeguard and listen to their warnings!
 
When you arrive at the beach, check with a lifeguard if you are unsure where you can or if it is safe to swim. 

Flags may be flown at the beach that express different hazards or designate swimming areas that may change from time to time; if you are unsure of their meanings, ask a lifeguard! 

For more, see USLA's Top 10 Beach and Water Safety Tips.

Week 9: Rock the Jacket, Tailor the Type! | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top


Life jackets are required when you are enjoying various water recreational activities such as boating, kayaking and paddleboarding! 

Life jackets are available in different shapes, colors, and sizes; each tailored to the type of activity - U.S. Coast Guard's "Wearing Your Life jacket" and National Safe Boating Council's "Wear It"

Be sure to read your life jacket's label to be sure it is appropriate for your size and activity. Life jackets are made for adults, children, and even pets! 

Make sure your life jacket is US Coast Guard approved and know your state laws - Boat U.S. Foundation's "Life Jacket Requirements (By State)" 


More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/nycoastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, www.nyseagrant.org/blog.

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