Ocean Safety



information about the ocean

1) The ocean is always unpredictable and its conditions can change rapidly.

2) The fall and winter months typically bring higher swells, stronger winds and powerful rip currents to Oahu's beaches. All of these are dangerous and pose a risk to swimmers of all levels.

3) Rip currents can happen at Oahu's beaches: never swim against the current, instead swim along the shore until you're out of its pull.



Do's and don'ts at the beach

- DO:

1) Keep caution: when in doubt, don't go out.

2) Know your limits in the water: especially if there isn't a lifeguard on the beach.

3) Watch the water before you go in: observe the conditions to determine if it's safe to swim.

4) Look at the rocks on the beach: if the rocks are wet, stay off and out of the water.

5) Keep calm: never panic in the water, even if you suddenly feel in danger.

6) Use the buddy system anytime you are at the beach.

- DON'T:

1) Alcohol and swimming: swimming after drinking alcohol makes it more difficult to escape rip currents and swim to safety if caught in a dangerous situation.

2) Swimming at night: don't swim at night unless you are certified and engaged in night SCUBA diving, or are obtaining your night SCUBA certification with a dive training organization.

3) Cliff jumping: take caution and don't jump from surfaces higher than 6 feet above the water. If you do jump, have a plan to safely exit the water and always check the depth of the water before jumping.



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