Kaua‘i Ocean Safety Bureau advises beach safety this holiday season
With the arrival of the winter season swells, the Ocean Safety Bureau is reminding the community to be safe this holiday season.
“As we approach the holiday season, it is important that we prioritize safety while enjoying time with our loved ones,” said Ocean Safety Bureau Chief David Kalani Vierra. “This is especially crucial with the anticipated arrival of winter swells. We urge everyone to take necessary precautions when visiting the beaches and follow the safety guidelines listed below to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Know the conditions, know your limits, and when in doubt don’t go out.”
- When swimming, it is recommended to visit beaches that have lifeguards. You can also consult the lifeguards to know the best and safest swimming location;
- It is important to follow all warning signs;
- Remember to always use the buddy system when swimming and never go alone;
- It is important to avoid walking along the high water line when walking on the rocks;
- For safer swimming and snorkeling conditions, it is recommended to enjoy the southern shores;
- Always face the ocean to avoid being swept away by unexpected waves. Never turn your back on the ocean;
- If caught in a rip current, remain calm, signal for help, swim parallel to shore, and go with the flow;
- It is essential to keep in mind that if you can’t see the lifeguard, there is a possibility that the lifeguard might not be able to see you as well;
- It is important to carefully observe the ocean conditions for a minimum of 15 minutes before entering the water. Please make sure to check for any potential hazards and assess the safety of the current conditions before going in; and
- It is highly recommended to check the weather and surf report before planning any outdoor activities. This will help you make informed decisions and ensure your safety.
For updated information on ocean and weather alerts, visit the NWS website, www.weather.gov/hfo. For up-to-date information about Kaua‘i ocean conditions and ocean safety, please speak to a county lifeguard at any lifeguard station, visit www.safebeachday.com or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 808-241-4984.