Beach Safety Tips

There’s nothing better than a day at the beach. The sun, sand, and surf… what could be more fun? Here are some general safety tip to keep the whole family safe at the beach.Outer Banks Beach Safety

Swimming Safety Tips:

  • Know how to swim! Never swim alone, swim in groups and avoid secluded beaches.
  • Always swim where a lifeguard can see you and in areas that are marked for swimmers to use.
  • Ask a Lifeguard about Beach and Surf Conditions before swimming.
  • Don’t swim out too far.
  • If you are in trouble, call or wave for help. Never pretend to be drowning. The lifeguard may take you seriously.
  • Don’t swim close to piers or near fishing areas.
  • Face the waves, instead of turning your back on them.
  • Know the signs of a rip current, be on the lookout and warn others if you see a rip current.
  • Look for, read and obey All Beach Safety Signs.
  • Don’t ever dive. Go feet first.
  • Avoid swimming at night, dawn or dusk.

Remember to:

  • Ask lifeguard about ocean conditions.
  • Never swim alone!
  • Don’t swim out too far.
  • Educate yourself on rip currents.
  • Swim in front of a lifeguard.

Beach Safety Tips Video from American Red Cross:

Dr. Peter Wernicki of the American Red Cross Science Advisory Council gives water safety tips for beach goers and swimmers.