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Beach Safety Tips for Your Mombasa Vacation

Beach Safety Tips for Your Mombasa VacationStaying safe while at the beach requires diligence, personal responsibility, and paying attention to your surroundings. When you’re planning a trip to Mombasa, Kenya, you are going to be exposed to incredible white, sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. There are few places on earth that can match the pristine beauty of this region of the world.

Even though it looks incredible, there are plenty of hazards that exist along the beach as well as in the water. Most of them are unseen, so it’s a good idea to pay attention to some of these beach safety tips, especially if you are traveling with children.

1. Pay attention to any warning signs.

Most lifeguard towers around the world will have different flags to denote various risk factors. If one of those flags indicates strong rip currents or you see other signs advertising these risks, heed them well.

If lifeguards or other personnel are warning people not to go in the water for any reason, don’t go in. Even though it may look refreshing and might seem to be completely safe and benign, things can change far too quickly.

2. Pay attention to fatigue.

When spending time in the water, especially the ocean, a person could drift quite a distance without even realizing. If you have been spending a significant amount of time in the water and even though you may feel like you’re in peak physical condition, a cramp can result from mild exhaustion or fatigue and that can be a life-threatening situation.

Break up the time you spend in the water swimming around with time on the beach.

3. Avoid burying somebody in the sand. It’s fun to bury somebody in the sand, especially a parent or child, but that exposes their skin to direct sunlight for a significant amount of time. If you are doing this, it may be a good idea to make sure their head is concealed in shade, either from a tent or an umbrella.

4. Let people know where you’re going.

If you plan on snorkeling or scuba diving, it’s a good idea to let people know where you will be and when they should expect you back. Snorkeling along Mombasa can be an incredible experience, and as long as you focus on safety first, you’ll enjoy your time as much as possible.