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Public Safety Tip: Water Safety and Essential Summer Reminders

June 20, 2024
Water Safety and Essential Summer Reminders | FSA

As summer heats up in Florida, it’s crucial to prioritize heat, sun and water safety to enjoy the season to its fullest. Whether you’re a longtime Florida resident or a visitor to our great state, the Florida Sheriffs Association stands committed to protecting you and your loved ones. With community, marine and beach patrols, along with these essential summer safety reminders, we’ve got you covered.

Heat and Sun Safety

Across Florida, summer temperatures can range from the high 80s to more than 100 degrees. The combination of elevated temperatures and humidity results in a high heat index, making it feel significantly hotter than the actual temperature. Heat-related issues can catch you off guard so be careful out there. Here are a few suggestions to get you through.

Hydration and Heat Protection

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing to help your body stay cool.
  • Apply sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply every two hours to protect your skin.

Recognizing and Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

  • Learn the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, such as dizziness, nausea and rapid pulse.
  • If you or someone else is experiencing these symptoms, move to a cooler place, hydrate and seek medical attention if necessary.

Tips for Staying Cool

  • Avoid direct sun and use fans or air conditioning to keep cool.
  • Avoid strenuous activities during peak heat hours (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) to prevent overheating.

Water Safety

Whether you are swimming, boating, fishing, jet skiing, tubing or water skiing in Florida, don’t forget about water safety and regulations.


  • Check signs and notifications for any water hazards.
  • Swim only in designated areas with lifeguards.
  • Never leave children unattended in or near water.
  • Do not rely on water aids such as inner tubes or water wings to replace adult supervision.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and the creatures that live in and alongside our waterways.

Boating and Water Sports

• Prevent accidents – do not consume alcohol while operating a boat or motorized vehicle, and be aware of other crafts and people in the water.
• Follow safety guidelines for activities such as tubing and water skiing, including having a spotter on board, weight limits and speed recommendations.
• Make sure your safety equipment is up to date.
• If you were born after January 1, 1988, don’t forget to take your Boater Safety Course and earn your Boating Safety Education Identification Card to legally operate a boat in Florida.


  • Check the expiration date on your fishing license, and update online if needed.
  • Always check the marine forecast before leaving shore. Florida weather conditions can change quickly.
  • Review the recreational regulations from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to verify the seasonal dates, gear requirements, slot limit and bag limit for your catch.
  • File a float plan with the marina or let a family member or friend know where you are launching and what time you should return.
  • Handle hooks, knives, pliers and other sharp objects carefully.

Water Safety Tips

  • Always wear a life jacket on a boat or while participating in water sports.
  • Use sun protection like hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Test your radio and location equipment before leaving the dock.
  • Be aware of local water conditions, including tides, currents and weather forecasts.
  • Keep a safety kit on hand with first aid supplies and signaling devices in case of emergencies.

Remember these key safety tips to ensure a fun and safe summer in Florida. Stay vigilant, prepared and informed to protect yourself and your loved ones. Sign up for your local sheriff’s office updates, and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you see someone in distress.

The Florida Sheriffs Association is committed to helping you stay informed and safe. You can read more crime and public safety tips here.