Beach Safety – Wearing Protective Clothing

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin demonstrates how to be safe at the beach, including the importance of wearing protective clothing.

    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. This clip has to do with clothing and protective wear that you should take to the beach. A day at the beach is a great time, but you want to be prepared. You should take cover up clothing with you when you go. Small children, although, will enjoy being in the sun. After some sun exposure, you should insist that they put a shirt on and spend sometime out of the sun.

    Also, a hat is a good idea. Hat will do two things. Number one, it will keep the sun off your face and also will help you to maintain a cool body temperature out in the sun. Finally, footwear is important. There are two reasons why we need footwear at the beach. Number one, has to do with cut feet. There are broken shells, possible glass, and other things in the sand from people littering and leaving things behind and if you step on one of those and cut your foot, it going to affect your day at the beach.

    The second reason why footwear is important is the sand. Sand gets extremely hot. Sand can be much hotter than the air temperature around it and it can cause serious and severe burns. One or two steps on the beach without shoes may be tolerable, by the time you walk across a quarter mile at beach that temperature continues to go up and up until it creates a serious burn.

    One of the things I have seen is parents with shoes on, holding a child by the hand, leaving a child without shoes across hot sand; the child is burning their feet, as the adult is comfortable in shoes. Please be aware that the small children can burn their feet also. You may want to carry them or insist they wear shoes. Again, the sand can be hot, so you need to wear shoes, wear hat, and bring protective clothing with you. This will lead to a safe and enjoyable day at the beach.

    In our next clip, we are going to talk about bringing water and drinking plenty of it, while you are at the beach.