TAILGATE SAFETY MEETING – 6 Important Ocean Tips


Beach Butlerz is so ready for another wonderful summer season and we bet you are too! As the weather continues to amaze us with warm sunny days, we bet you’re thinking about going to the beach to sunbathe, hangout with friends and family, and enjoy California beaches.  Many of you will venture into the water to cool down from the warm temperature, BUT BEFORE YOU DO, take a look at our Beach Butlerz Tailgate Safety list of ocean safety tips because we care about our awesome blog readers.

1)    Be aware of other beach goers activities: Make sure you are aware of everyone around you when entering the water. Avoid the path of surfers or body-boarders shooting down the surf, and be aware of small children in shallow water that may end up in the path of your water fun.

2)    Observe the landscape: Knowing the environment is crucial to water safety. Watch for rocks, jetties, steep drops offs, etc so you don’t accidently trip and fall and become part of the landscape.

3)    Scan the water for sea critters: Remember: you are playing in their habitat, so jellyfish, star fish, crabs, sharks, seals and all other sea life are sharing the water with you. Be respectful of wildlife. Diving into the water and swimming towards a sea otter to get a closer look isn’t a good idea, really. Chances are, you’ll scare the heck out of them and they may just bite.

4)    Know your own abilities: If you are not a strong swimmer, stay out of the water, especially when rip tides are present. Don’t push yourself too hard physically or swim too far out.  Stay within your known athletic swimming capabilities.

5)    Don’t underestimate the current or waves: If the waves look too big, and if the ocean current appears to be strong, be extra cautious and avoid wading out too far. Better safe than sorry.

6)    Know where to find the nearest lifeguard station: Lifeguards are on the beach to ensure your safety.  It’s just like knowing where the nearest hospital is. Know your safety nets and don’t be shy or too proud to ask for their assistance.

If you’d like to know more, this handbook can provide more information and safety tips.

See you on the beach!

The Beach Butlerz Crew

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Shark Eggs are Cool!


“Conservation” and “sustainability” are mega buzzwords floating around right now when it comes to anything and everything “environmental.” Some people may think any such efforts must be large, grand scheme, national endeavors that only happen in large cities.  Well, this is not always the case. One local organization, the Avila Beach Sea Life Center (SLC), has big conservation goals and is dedicated to “inspiring people to be connected to the ocean and the life through education and community outreach.

SLC is open to everyone, and boasts a team of sea life experts committed to one common goal: “providing programs that are beneficial and educational to the community.” SLC, also formerly known as the Avila Beach Marine Institute, has been around since 1994. During that time SLC has fostered beneficial and lasting relationships with local non-profits, school districts and businesses in the community to help further their mission of marine education. And yes – They have shark eggs!

SLC has a variety of options and programs for educators, students and ocean enthusiasts looking to take a more active role in the marine world, such as floating adventures, summer camps and personalized programs.

Beach Butlerz encourages you to contact the SLC and experience some of their educational adventures.  For more information and contact information, visit the SLC website.

Cheers,

Beach Butlerz

Happy Trails in the Happiest Town


The increasingly warmer temperatures Central California will be experiencing  this weekend (80 degrees in Avila?!) serve as a reminder that beach (and bikini!) season is just around the corner. Those warmer temperatures also encourage residents and visitors to spend more time outside being active (and tone up before summer gets here!).

If you’re like us here at BeachButlerz, we love finding new hiking trails and bike routes to whip us into shape. Below we have shared some of our favorite local routes. If you’re favorite trail isn’t listed below then please share it with us! Happy [outdoor] exercising!

1) The Bob Jones Trail: this is a great option for people of all fitness levels and ages. You can run, walk, bike or roller blade on a serene, secluded path all the way to Avila Beach.

2) Bishop Peak: If you live in SLO you’ve certainly heard of Bishop’s Peak before. This hike can be strenuous, so be prepared to sweat and workout if you attempt it. Once you get to the top, though, the view is worth the pain.

3) Valencia Peak: Montana de Oro is a gem hidden on the Central Coast, and it boasts some of the most beautiful trails in this area. The hike is a total of 5 miles round trip, but the view from the top offers panoramic views of the coastline and state park. A must try for anyone who has the time.

Enjoy the view.

Beach Butlerz

Got a ZAM Ocean Project?


As concern mounts regarding the annihilation of our oceans and marine life, organizations are springing up to advocate for conservation of the sea world. One such organization is the Ocean Project.

 

The Ocean Project’s aim is to “help [their] Partners (zoos, aquariums, museums- ZAMs) effectively educate and communicate for conservation action.” When the Ocean Project first began in the 1990’s only a few North American aquariums wanted to be a part of its mission—now it’s grown to the “world’s most extensive network for advancing ocean education and action, with nearly 1,300 Partner ZAMs, plus conservation and education organizations, agencies, and institutions in all 50 U.S. states and 80 other countries. “

 

So…what exactly does the Ocean Project do? According to the website for the project, “[the Ocean Project] provides Partners with cutting-edge market research, effective outreach strategies to assist in changing attitudes and behaviors for conservation, and helpful information and tools to increase civic involvement in community conservation activities.”

 

In order to produce this change, the Ocean Project has adopted some major initiatives because “there is a noticeable absence of a large constituency speaking out and taking action for our world’s ocean, its life, and the future generations who will inherit it.” Initiatives the Ocean Project is active with include (click each link for more information). : Conservation Communications Research Initiative, Seas the Day Personal Action Initiative and World Oceans Day.

 

If you know of a ZAM that might be interested in partnering with the Ocean Project, or if you are simply looking for more information about the cause, visit the project’s website or contact them.

In good health to all…

Beach Butlerz