How Much Do You Know About Beach Safety?

1.      Which of the following is true about drowning in the United States?

a.  It’s a leading cause of death among children

b.  It’s the 5th leading cause of accidental death

c.  It’s the 20th leading cause of accidental death

d. It’s the 30th leading cause of accidental death

2.      When is it safe to turn your back to the ocean when you’re playing in the waves?

a.  Anytime

b.  Never

c.  During low tide

d. During high tide

3.      Which of these tips can help you avoid spinal injury at the beach?

a.  Don’t dive toward the ocean bottom

b.  Keep an arm in front of you when bodysurfing

c.  Don’t dive from bridges or piers

d. All the above

4.      What are the chances someone will drown at a beach protected by a lifeguard?

a.  1 in 18 million

b.  1 in 10 million

c.  1 in 1 million

d. 1 in 500,000

5.      What is the best defense against drowning?

a.  Wearing a life jacket

b.  Staying in shallow water

c.  Knowing how to swim

d. None of the above

6.      How does drinking alcohol increase the risk of drowning?

a.  It influences balance and coordination

b.  It impairs judgment

c.  It lowers inhibitions and increases risk-taking

d. All the above

7.      When should you use sunscreen at the beach?

a.  Every day

b.  On cloudy days

c.  On sunny days

8.      If you hear thunder or see lightning, how long should you wait before returning to the beach?

a.  One hour after the last thunder clack

b.  15 minutes after the last thunder clack

c.  30 minutes after the last thunder clack

d. Two hours after the last thunder clack

9.      Which of these strategies can help you avoid a shark attack?

a.  Don’t swim alone

b.  Don’t wear jewelry

c.  Don’t swim at twilight or at night

d. All the above

10.  Which of the following should you do to escape a rip current?

a.  Float—don’t fight the current

b.  Swim parallel to the shore

c.  Conserve your energy; don’t panic

d. All the above


1.      B—IT’S A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG CHILDREN. After birth defects, drowning is the top cause of death among children ages 1 to 4.

2.      B—NEVER. A rogue wave could knock you down.

3.      D—ALL THE ABOVE.

4.      A—1 in 18 MILLION.

5.      C—KNOWING HOW TO SWIM. Children should be taught to swim while they’re young.

6.      D—ALL THE ABOVE. The effects of alcohol are also increased when exposed to sun and heat.

7.      A—EVERY DAY. Up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds and penetrate your skin on cloudy days.


9.      D—ALL THE ABOVE.

10.   D—ALL THE ABOVE. Once you break free of the current, swim diagonally back to land.

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