National Beach Safety Week & Rip Currents Awareness Week
June 2 – 9, 2013
Each year, as summer begins, the United States Lifesaving Association sponsors National Beach Safety Week in an effort to remind beach goers to use caution in the ocean environment. National Beach Safety Week has been changed to coincide with Rip Current Awareness Week. National Beach Safety Week and Rip Current Awareness Week begin the first Sunday of June and end seven (7) days later on the following Sunday.
National Beach Safety Week
Our waters can be a wonderful recreational resource, but they can also be treacherous. Lifeguards are provided in an effort to reduce the number of accidents at our beaches, but unfortunately they can not do the job alone. An informed public is essential to maintaining adequate levels of beach and water safety.
The objective of National Beach Safety Week is to make citizens aware of the need to be safe while in and near the water.
Rip Current Awareness Week
The United States Lifesaving Association, in partnership with NOAA’s National Weather Service and National Sea Grant Program is working together to raise awareness about the dangers of rip currents. Research is also being conducted in order to develop and improve the ability to predict the occurrence and strength of rip currents.
The goal of the awareness campaign and research is to reduce the number of rip current fatalities.
I will write up more detail posts on both of these very important campaigns throughout the week.
See you at the beach!