Beach Safety – How to Properly Install a Beach Umbrella

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin demonstrates how to be safe at the beach, including how to install a beach umbrella.

    Butch Arbin

    Butch Arbin was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He Graduated from Parkville Senior High School. While at Parkville, Butch participated in Band, Cross Country, indoor and outdoor track. At the young age of 15, while still attending high school, Butch took and passed the Ocean City Beach Patrol test. This was a turning point in his life as he took residence and began working in Ocean City. Butch Arbin has served the patrol for 35 years. He became Captain in 1997. In the winter months Butch works for Charles County Public Schools as an Aerospace Engineering Instructor at Lackey High School. In addition he works at the central office in Charles County where he coordinates the Gateway to Technology classes, which is part of the Project Lead The Way Program. Butch Arbin has 2 careers and 2 lives that are 65 miles and 4 hours apart. One career back in Charles County with teaching and the other is Captain of the Ocean City Beach Patrol. He leads and supervises over 200 employees dedicated to ocean rescue and maintaining a safe and orderly environment along the 10.5 miles of oceanfront beach. This professional organization is dedicated to making visitors’ stay at the beach as safe and enjoyable as possible through its mission of education, prevention and intervention. This Ocean City Beach Patrol is one of the finest life saving organizations in the world. This Beach Patrol has earned the Outstanding EMS Program Award by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). The award was presented at the State House in Annapolis. The Ocean City Beach Patrol has also been honored as an EMS provider of the year for Maryland. This is an especially meaningful award since the OCBP is not technically an EMS operation and this award has never gone to a non-traditional EMS organization. The Ocean City Beach Patrol has been recognized for their numerous AED saves, many successful prevention and public education programs, and for developing a technique for stabilizing and removing patients from the surf who have suspected spinal cord injuries. This technique was recently accepted as a state standard of care by MIEMSS and with their assistance has developed a video to help train others. The number one priority of the Ocean City Beach Patrol is public education. Safety seminars are presented throughout the year to all types of groups and organizations not only in Ocean City but throughout the mid-Atlantic area. One note worthy activity that sets the Ocean City Beach Patrol apart from other beach patrols around the world are the weekly beach safety seminars that are held at many locations every Sunday on the beach for newly arriving visitors. Each summer the Beach Patrol conducts a Junior Beach Patrol program for youth 10-16 years old and allows participants to move through various levels as they return each year. Butch Arbin feels fortunate to have the opportunity to lead such a fine organization and work with the best surf rescue professionals in the field of water safety.

    Butch Arbin: Hi! I am captain Butch Arbin with the Ocean City, Maryland, Beach Patrol. We are talking about how to have a safe and enjoyable day at the beach. In this clip, we are going to be talking about the use of an umbrella and how to properly put it into beach.

    When you have a day at the beach, it s great to be in the sun, but it s also great to have a place to retreat to in the shade and an umbrella is the perfect thing for that. Number one, you need to make sure that your beach allows umbrellas and things directed on the beach. If you bring an umbrella to the beach, you need to remember you are responsible for it. Umbrellas can become flying objects and could become dangerous to the people around you. So, when you put your umbrella in, understand how to do it, and how to keep it safe. When you place an umbrella in the beach, you need to make sure you place it in the beach in a rocking back and forth motion. Many people will try to stab it into the ground and keep stabbing it; that will not work.

    Some people stab it into the ground and spin it around like a corkscrew; that will not work. You simply place it in the ground, rocking back and forth with each rock back and forth, it will drop further into the sand. Once about one-third of the umbrella pole is in the sand, then it s sufficiently buried. When you finish rocking it back and forth, finish the rock, so it s tilted into the wind, so any wind pushes it into the sand rather lifting it out. Also, you need to be aware that throughout the day, wind direction can change. If the wind direction changes, you need to be prepared to change the tilt of the umbrella, so again the wind is keeping it in the sand as oppose to lifting it out. If the umbrella is in a gusty condition, you may need to make the decision to lower the umbrella and not use it for the rest of that day because it is unsafe. Again, an umbrella is a great retreat away from the sun. It s a great shady placed on the beach for you and your group but again, you need to use it wisely, use it safely, and make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable day at the beach.

    In our next clip, we are going to be talking about what not to bring with you.