Beach Safety Tips
Always Swim Near a Lifeguard
Heed the advice, instructions and warnings of beach lifeguard staff. Don't overestimate your swimming abilities and never swim alone.
When Thunder Roars Go Indoors
Weather and forecasts can change quickly causing conditions to deteriorate fast. Stay out of the water and stay off the beach when lightning is present.
Rip Current Safety
Break the grip of the rip. Don't fight the current. Escape the current by swimming in a direction following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle - away from the current - toward the shore. Wave for a lifeguard. Most importantly - don't panic.
Understand Beach Warning Flags
Flags posted on the beach and flying from lifeguard towers represent ocean hazards and surf conditions. Please remember that ocean conditions can change quickly. Check with the lifeguard on duty if you are unsure of safe conditions.
Double Red Flag
Water Closed to Public
Dangerous Marine Life
Alcohol is a major factor in drowning. Alcohol impairs swimming ability and good judgement.
Don't Float Where You Can't Swim
Often, non-swimmers dangerously use flotation devices to go offshore, If they fall off, they can quickly drown. The only exception is a person wearing a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
Life Jackets = Boating Safety
Eighty percent of fatalities associated with boating accidents are from drowning. Most involve people who never expected to end up in the water. Children are at the greatest danger. Use life jackets.
Don't Dive Headfirst, Protect Your Neck
Diving headfirst into unknown water and striking the bottom can lead to serious, lifelong injuries, including paraplegia. Check for depth and obstructions before diving, and then go in feet first the first time. Use caution while body surfing, always extending a hand ahead of you.