Kona Community Hospital
Going to the beach always means a fun time in the sun (kids’ laughter, splashing or other beach activities)!
Let’s keep it fun — and safe — by following a few ocean safety tips. Remember to swim in a designated swimming area protected by lifeguards. For a list of lifeguarded beaches, go to hawaiibeachsafety.com. When at the beach, always check for warning flags. Obey lifeguard instructions or ask them about water conditions, which can be unpredictable. Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets in and the around water. Larger waves and ocean currents can surprise even the strongest swimmers. So, keep an eye on children as well as elderly persons. They can easily stumble, even in shallow water, when large waves come ashore. Snorkeling? Get a buddy to go with you and learn basic skills before getting in the water.
Let’s keep it fun — and safe — while enjoying Hawaii’s beautiful beaches. This ocean safety message is brought to you by the Kona Community Hospital Trauma Injury Prevention Program. Visit kch.hhsc.org for details.