Beach Safety Tips


Rip currents are strong, localized and narrow currents of water that rush away from the shore, cutting through the lines of breaking waves like a river running out to sea. They are stronger than even the best swimmer. Rip currents can form on any beach that has breaking waves. If you look closely, you CAN see a rip current. It may have dark muddy water and be very choppy. You might see foam and other debris floating out to sea. If you see a rip current, stay away! They are very dangerous.

If you are ever caught in a rip current, don’t panic. Relax, and swim parallel to the beach. Don’t try and fight it. If you have trouble swimming, tread water and call for help. Parents! Keep your kids nearby when they are playing by the ocean.

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Beach Logs Kill!

Don’t ever climb on drift logs! The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it down on top of you. If you see a log in the surf or on the sand, stay off of it. Even on a calm day, the ocean surf is powerful and can be dangerous, suddenly moving or tossing a piece of driftwood or a log.

Beware of Sneaker Waves

Sneaker waves are waves that are unpredictable and can appear suddenly. They can quickly flow up high onto the beach and can have enough force to knock you down and pull you out to sea. Never turn your back to the ocean!

Stay off Rocks and Jetties

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Rocks and jetties may seem like great spots to view the ocean, but they can be very dangerous. The rocks can be slippery and jagged. The big waves that crash into rocks and jetties can knock you into the ocean or into gap between the rocks.

Danger.  Unstable Sand!

Do not play under or near unstable dunes. At any moment, loose sand and debris can collapse. Causing entrapment, suffocation and possibly death.