Beach Safety

Swim Near a Lifeguard

We have incredible beaches in California, but they come with danger. Lifeguards undergo extensive training to recognize dangerous situations before they happen, help you understand where it is safe to swim and play, and rescue you or your family if something goes wrong.

Whenever you visit the beach, always plan to swim in front of an open lifeguard tower. Look for the lifeguard in the tower, flags flying, a hanging rescue buoy, or information board.

If the tower is not open when you arrive, find a tower that is, and adjust your plan to keep everyone safe.

The first thing you should do when you arrive at the beach is check in with the lifeguard. They are experts in the local area and can help make your day at the beach enjoyable. Here are a few things to ask:

  • Where is it safest to swim? Where should I avoid?
  • What are the conditions like today?
  • Are there rip currents today? Where?
  • What is the bottom like in this area?