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Tide Pool Safety Tips

Postby Keri Tom » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:17 pm

Tide Pool Safety Tips

A tide pool is a small and vibrant environment rich in animal and plant life. Tide pools are reefs and rocks that are at the shoreline of the ocean. The surf and tide would come up and down depending on the tides height. When the tides recede, the reefs and rocks are revealed exposing the tide pools. Various organisms such as anemones, small fish, sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, barnacles, mussels, snails, crabs, limpets, anemones, various invertebrates, snails and the red and pacific octopi inhabit the tide pools. Various algae such as Palm Kelp, Scouring Pad and Surf Grass can also be found in San Diego tide pools.

The best times to visit the tide pools is during a minus tide. This is when the tide is lower than 1.0 ft. A negative tide will allow more of the tide pools to be exposed. Check your local tide chart.

Safety and care must be taken when visiting this environment.

    • Make sure to watch your children when they are exploring the tide pools.
    • Watch out for slippery rocks while exploring tide pools. The rocks are mostly slimy and slippery.
    • Do not step on any animals while exploring a tide pools, especially jellyfish and sea urchins!
    • Make sure you are not cut off by high tides! Check your tide chart to see when the tides are rising or descending.
    • Watch out for crumbling cliffs and especially watch your step!
    • Be sure to pay attention to the waves coming in. Don't have your back to the ocean, you could be hit from behind by waves knocking you down into the sharp reef
    • Always handle tidal pool creatures gently and always put the animal back where you found it.
    • Don't collect the animals, just look at them.

Here are some San Diego tide pool locations to explore:

    • Cabrillo National Monument
    • Ocean Beach
    • Tourmaline Surfing Park
    • Shell Beach, La Jolla
    • Dike Rock north of Scripps Pier in La Jolla

North County Beaches

    • Cardiff State Beach
    • Seacliff Park, or Swami's North on Pacific Coast Highway from Cardiff State Park is
    • San Onofre State Park

Have fun at the beach and exploring the tide pools.

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Re: Tide Pool Safety Tips

Postby Keri Tom » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:46 pm

Hi Janice,

Welcome to the Fin 2 Swim forum.

You are correct, safety is the biggest issue when it comes water, whether it's the ocean, a lake, or most commonly, a swimming pool. We recommend a multi-step program, including: Teach children (and adults!) aquatic survival skills, encourage segmented supervision (where a parent/adult is ONLY providing pool/water supervision for about 15 minutes at a time, then trading off) and fencing and locking your pool area. No one thing is foolproof and children can easily slip through and around barriers.

Janice, it sounds like you are well aware of the risks, do you work in the field of drowning prevention? :)

Thanks for your input, looking forward to hearing more from you! :)
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