Questions to Ask the Beach Lifeguard

lifeguardEvery summer vacation deserves to be capped off with a visit to the beach. But you need to keep a few basic safety precautions in mind. It’s never a good idea to go out into the Gulf or ocean waters unless you know exactly what to expect. If the lifeguard is on duty, you should definitely ask him or her a number of questions so that you can be sure your experience in the water will be completely safe. 

What Questions Do You Need to Ask the Lifeguard on Duty?

The first thing you should ask your lifeguard is how deep the water is and if there are any sudden drops to a lower depth that you should be on the lookout for. It is also important to inquire if there are any strong currents that present a risk of whisking you out to sea or pulling you under the water in what’s called a dangerous “undertow.” In many areas in Florida, these hidden currents have caused swimmers to drown. 

Whether you are going out to the ocean or swimming in a lake or other water body, it’s a good idea to ask about the presence of sharks, jellyfish, alligators, or other assorted marine life that may have been spotted and could prove dangerous to swimmers. Before you head out, also make sure that the lifeguard will remain on duty to look out for you and your family members during your duration of time in the water.  

Contact the Firm of Wagner McLaughlin After Any Water Related Accidents

If, despite your best efforts, you end up being harmed or getting into an accident while out in the water, your first course of action should be to call a firm of experienced Tampa Florida injury lawyers. A lawyer experienced in personal injury cases can help determine whether your injuries were the result of the negligence or recklessness of others and whether you have a viable claim for damages. The law firm of Wagner McLaughlin is here to help and would be honored to represent you should you or a loved one be injured in a water related accident. Contact us today for a free consultation.