Myrtle Beach Safety Tips

Be Safe On Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Millions of people visit Myrtle Beach every year and not surprisingly the superstar of every vacation is of course the beach and ocean. While you are in Myrtle Beach with your family and friends, it’s important that you follow some basic safety tips to protect yourself and those around you.

Basic Beach Safety

Always swim near a lifeguard.

Use a buddy system when you are swimming in the ocean. That way if you get into trouble someone is close by and can call for help.

Never leave kids unsupervised! All it takes is a second and they can wonder off or wade into water too deep for them in the ocean.

Pay attention to the flags on the lifeguard stands. They are there to let you know the condition of the ocean waters.

Spinal injuries can occur from diving head first into waves. Never underestimate the power of the ocean. If you get caught in a wave protect your head and neck by placing your arms and hands over your head.

Don’t take valuables to the beach with you. Secure them in your vacation rental home or condo before coming to the beach. Do not leave money, phones or other items unattended or lying on your beach towel.

Drink plenty of water and use sunscreen.

Rip Currents

Possibly the greatest safety measure you can take is to educate yourself and your family on the dangers of rip currents. Rip currents occur when a strong channel of water that runs from the beach back out into the ocean.

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If you are caught in a rip current it is very important to remain calm. Don’t try to swim toward shore as you will exhaust your energy trying to fight the current. Instead swim parallel to the shore and once you are out of the current then swim towards the shore.

If you are unable to swim out of the current try to float or tread water until help arrives. Talk to the lifeguard nearest you and find out if any rip currents have been spotted prior to going into the water.

Environmental Safety

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Just as we want you and your family to be safe while during your Myrtle Beach vacation we also want to keep our beaches as protected as possible from damage from visitors.

Please dispose of trash in the proper receptacles. Cigarette butts are trash too and can wreak havoc on unsuspecting marine life who may accidently ingest them. Please dispose of them in the proper place.

Stay off the dunes. They are there to help prevent flooding and beach erosion and are held together by very fragile plant life. Please use the paths adjacent to the sand dunes to gain access to the beach.

We love pets and offer a large selection of pet friendly Myrtle Beach vacation rentals but please be mindful and pick up after your pets.

If you happen to see a Sea Turtle nest (they are often marked by volunteers) please do not disturb.

Always play it safe. Be alert to your surroundings and be respectful of other beach goers and you’ll have a safe and fun filled day at the beach. To reserve your Myrtle Beach vacation rental home or condo visit our Advanced Search page or call 866-878-2750 to speak to a friendly vacation specialist who will help you find the right property for you and your family.