As the days grow warmer more people are heading to the beach to enjoy the sunshine.
A Jacksonville Beach lifeguard safety officer says you should look out for color coded flags as soon as you step on the sand.
"A red flag means very dangerous ocean conditions, so stop don't go it. A yellow flag means slow down."
Max Ervanian says if you get caught in a rip tide: dont panic and don't try to fight against it. He says you should swim parallel to the shore until its safe for you to head back to the sand.
He also recommends parents of small children teach them their cell phone numbers.
"Teach your children your cell phone number. We can call you and easily get in touch with you."
Finally, he says if you're not a strong swimmer don't wade out far into the ocean. He recommends only going knee deep into the water because he says you can very easily be swept away.