How Many New Cruisers have never Been to the Ocean?

All beaches are not created equal - what do you need to know about swimming in the ocean?  Let's list some tips for beach-goers and ocean swimmers.

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Watch out for beaches with rip tide warnings.  Take them seriously!  In a split second a person can be in big trouble no matter how good of a swimmer they are.

1) When visiting various islands, the beaches can vary in terms of ocean current (rough versus calm), rocky vs sandy, critters (jellyfish, etc.)  Some beaches are more conducive to snorkeling and diving while some are better for surfing and water sports - check before you book an excursion what the specialty is for that beach.

2) You are more buoyant in the ocean (meaning it's easier to float) but waves can knock you down and drag you out depending upon the area.

 

When getting in and out do not turn your back to the ocean.

Seen way too many people be knocked off their feet by that unexpected wave pounding in behind them!

Lately So Cal  beaches have had lots of sharks and have had beach closures.......  

 

I don't think the new to beach people will be doing a lot of the water sports like the cost people do,  not a lot of surfers in the mid west.

If you've never been to the beach, watch out for the shallow water Kraken.  Take an ax with you in case one shows up.  That's the weapon Captain Nemo used to fight it off during one of his cruises with the Nautilus. 

Thanks for ALL your helpful tips.  We don't have many oceans here in Colorado and I can use all the help I can get.Big Smile

Be careful where your sep and swim.  I was once stung by a Japanese Man-O'-War and it was quite unpleasant.  Not only that, I had to wear high socks for a couple of week because the sting marks were so ugly.  Didn't want anyone to think that i had a contagious disease. 

 

Holy smokes!  How long did it take before your leg was 100% back to normal?

 

I think the Jelly fish, Man-O'-Wars, Sharks, and rip tides are my biggest concerns. 

I grew up in Vancouver B.C. From the time I was 3 I was swimming in the ocean. I know what's good and bad about it. I've scuba dives on old ships and have had harbour seals sneak up on me as well as a few whale sharks. Never underestimate the ocean. And for those that have never seen the oceans, or a mountain top.... What the hell are you waiting for.....?

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