What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “beat the heat”? Our guess is probably the image of a pool, ocean, or lake with a cold beverage in hand.
Here in Laredo, we are lucky to have various options to choose from when it comes to accessible bodies of water, so we’ve decided to give you a list of our favorite options to choose the way you want to make a splash this summer – but first, let’s go over some safety basics before you hit the waves.
Summer Water Safety
There are a few things you need to consider and be aware of before you head out to your beach vacation or a day at the swimming pool, especially if you have young children. Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5? This scary and all-too-common occurrence can happen to any family very quickly, so it is vitally important to keep a sharp eye on young children at all points in time while around water. An adult should always be within arm’s reach of a child, be sure every child is fitted with a floatation device, check the water first if a child is missing, and know what to do in case an emergency should arise. It’s not pleasant to think about, but seconds count when a child is in danger.
If you are planning on swimming in the ocean, try to swim in designated areas with a lifeguard present. If no lifeguard is on duty, be sure to swim with a buddy so that you can keep track of each other. Be mindful of areas with moving water, strong waves, or rip currents that can quickly pull you under and out to sea. If you do end up caught in a rip current, don’t fight it and stay calm. Swim parallel to the shore until out of the current, then turn to swim back to the shoreline.
Other important water safety tips to keep in mind include always wearing sunscreen, keeping an eye out for bad weather, keep electronics out of the water, and plan for snacks and refreshments if you’re going to be out in the elements for any good portion of the day.
Best Summer Water Spots
You’re packed, ready, super safe, and on your way to hitting the water!
Check out some of the best places here in Texas and around Laredo to jump in and cool off:
- Lake Casa Blanca – a local favorite, this watering hole is right here in Laredo!
- South Padre Island – this beautiful south Texas beach is a short road trip away, and an excellent place for the whole family to vacation and relax.
- Corpus Christi – another great beach-front location, and at 2 and a half hours away, this town is even closer than South Padre.
- Galveston Island – with beaches, an aquarium, water park, and the new Pleasure Pier amusement park, this island getaway is worth the longer road trip. It’s time to take your pick and hit the road to your next great watery destination, equipped with all of the safety knowledge and sunscreen you need!