Spending a day at the beach is a great way to relax and connect with nature. But it can also be a great opportunity to connect with other people. Whether you're looking to make new friends or just want to enjoy the company of those around you, there are some important tips and guidelines to keep in mind.
Be Respectful of OthersNobody should go to a public beach in summer expecting a quiet, meditative experience, but neither should you bother the people around you with music, loud conversations, or rude language.
A long, hot and tiring day at the beach prepares all children for a crisis, but allowing younger members of the family, whether toddlers or preteens, to annoy the people around them is a firm standard of etiquette.
Be Mindful of Health and SafetyIf you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a fever, don't go to the beach because you'll be surrounded by other people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide guidelines and recommend staying at least 6 feet away from people you don't live with.
Engage in ConversationIf you're looking to meet new people at the beach, start by introducing yourself and engaging in conversation. Ask questions about their day or what they like to do at the beach. You can also ask about their favorite beach activities or what they like to do when they're not at the beach.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can even suggest playing a game together.
Play GamesPlaying games is a great way to connect with others while at the beach. You can play classic beach games like volleyball or frisbee, or you can come up with your own game. You can also practice geometry by finding different shapes in clouds, on sailboats, lifeguard posts, towels, etc. Ask your child to estimate the number of people sitting close to you and then count to see how accurate your estimate is.
Be Aware of Beach Patrol OfficersThere may be lifeguards or other beach patrol officers on duty.
They can make announcements through a speaker, or you can ask them about beach conditions. It's important to be aware of their presence and follow their instructions.Spending time at the beach is a great way to relax and connect with nature as well as other people. By following these tips and guidelines, you can ensure that your time at the beach is both enjoyable and safe.