This week saw two additional beach drownings on Kauai. A 20-year old visitor from North Carolina drowned while snorkeling at Poipu on the South Shore. A 41-year old from Oregon drowned in strong current at the North Shore’s Secret Beach.
Beach drownings in Hawaii are unfortunately common for the following reasons:
- Lack of familiarity with seasonal beach conditions. Beaches vary from season to season and from day to day. A beach that’s easy swimming one season can have 20 foot waves another time of year.
- Failure to take into account the power of the ocean here in Hawaii. Pay attention to lifeguard signs and don’t be afraid to ask questions before entering the ocean. It’s better to swim and snorkel closer to the shore.
- A desire to do everything possible while on your vacation. Play it safe and stay injury free even if it means changing your plans for the day.
- Unrealistic belief in your athletic and swimming capabilities. No matter your age or athletic ability, ocean swimming, and dealing with currents and other conditions, requires experience.
Read our post Staying Alive in Hawaiian Waters for more information and useful links.
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