Beach Safety

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Beach Safety Tips

Swimming Icon

 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. 


Cloud and Lightning IconWhen 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.


Waves IconRip 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.


Red Beach Flag IconUnderstand 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 beach flag illustration  
Double Red Flag

Water Closed to Public

 Red beach flag illustration
Red Flag

High Hazard
High Surf and/or Strong Currents.

 Yellow beach flag illustration
Yellow Flag

Medium Hazard 
Moderate Surf and/or Currents

 Green beach flag illustration
Green Flag

Low Hazard
Calm Conditions, Exercise Caution

 Purple beach flag illustration
Purple Flag

Dangerous Marine Life
(jellyfish, stingrays, etc.).


Beer Glass IconSwim Sober

Alcohol is a major factor in drowning. Alcohol impairs swimming ability and good judgement.


Flotation Device IconDon'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 Jacket IconLife 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.


Diving IconDon'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.