Marine Safety week is the last week in May. For those of us lucky enough to live near the ocean, marine safety is year round. In Hawaii the locals say “Melama ke kai”.

On the mainland local’s say “Respect the sea”. By practicing the following tips, beach veterans and new comers alike increase their own and others safety and enjoyment.

1. Always respect ocean waves of all sizes and be aware.

2. Learn about the beaches. Waves break over beach breaks, reefs, and point breaks.

3. In shallow water never dive in head first.

4. Always do the sting ray shuffle.

5. Never swim alone.

6. When you enter the water know before hand where you will be coming in.

7. Use a beach marker.

8. Be able to spot rip currents. If caught in a rip current, swim to the nearest wave.

9. Become clean ocean aware.

10. Tear up plastic rings from cans.

11. Use environmentally friendly detergents and practice recycling.

12. Become a beach guardian.