Play Safe at the Beach
Our beautiful beaches can seem like vast playgrounds, but there are many things to be aware of to keep you and your loved ones safe. Plan your family beach time according to the tide table and avoid the temptation of strolling out to an interesting rock without knowing when the tide rolls back in. The shoreline can go from completely dry to several feet under water in only seconds. Learn to have fun and be safe on the coast by understanding the rhythm of the sea.
Tyson Touchie is #CoastSmart:
“Always watch your kids. Be right beside your kids if you’re going anywhere near the waves.”
Top Picks for Family Time
- Observe Tidal Pools at Chesterman Beach or MacKenzie Beach (low tide required).
- Explore the eye-catching Ucluelet Aquarium, complete with touch tanks displaying local marine life
- Visit the Whale Centre Museum, home to a massive grey whale skeleton.
- Walk the Wild Pacific Trail and enjoy the views with the kids!
- Take the family sea kayaking or book a SUP or surf lesson.
Family Time Tips
- Check the daily tidal information and weather forecast (If you don’t know, don’t go).
- Face the ocean when you are near the water.
- Keep an eye on the incoming waves and stay alert.
- Stay in arm’s reach of your children when near the water.
- Be extra cautious during and after storms as this is the highest risk period for surge waves.
- Understand that unexpected entry into the water is not uncommon. Many people who are injured or die in the ocean didn’t even intend to get wet.
- Observe the conditions closely before you step out onto the rocks or the beach.
- Learn how to spot and avoid rip currents.