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- Never swim alone.
- Don’t swim if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
- Swim only in guarded areas. Almost all of the drowning at Grand Strand beaches in recent years have happened when the lifeguards were off duty.
- The bigger the waves, the stronger the undertow. If the undertow is especially bad, stay in shallower water.
- If you get caught in a riptide, swim parallel to the shore until you swim out of the riptide. Then, head for shore.
- Jellyfish stings usually aren’t serious and amount to little more than brief discomfort. If you get stung, there are two health tips you need to remember _ don’t rub it, and don’t put fresh water on it. Some old home remedies you might want to try include sprinkling a little meat tenderizer on the afflicted area, dabbing it with diluted ammonia, putting a poultice of tobacco on it, covering it with Crest toothpaste or a mix of toothpaste and baking soda. Most lifeguards are armed with an aerosol spray that takes the sting out quickly. If a tentacle has come loose from the sea creature, it can still sting you. If a tentacle wraps around a part of your body, don’t try to pull it off. Grab a shell, comb or other device and try to lift it off.