Water Safety Reminders and Common-Sense Rules

Though Hawaii’s beaches are stunningly beautiful, they can be volatile and dangerous. Never underestimate the power of the ocean. It is always wise to use common sense and follow rules.

  • Always swim where there are lifeguards on duty. (Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division (OSLS) provides ocean safety services for 198 miles of Oahu’s coastline. Services include ocean rescue prevention, ocean rescue, emergency medical first response, dispatched mobile patrol, education, and injury prevention programs related to ocean safety.
  • Do not turn your back on the ocean. Always face the ocean and keep an eye out for large waves. Dive under the wave as it moves over you. Don’t try to swim over it. Remember conditions can change rapidly.
  • Be careful on wet sand and rocks. Hazards can exist in any coastal area.
  • Be aware about ocean animals that may be hazardous such as sharks and jellyfish. Always heed ocean safety signs that caution against swimming when jellyfish have been sighted. If you get stung, check with lifeguard and go to Urgent Care Hawaii.
  • Do not swim alone.
  • Use sunscreen. Use at least SPF 15 waterproof sunscreen (30 for kids) – reapply after each swim. Cover ears, and scalp – wear a hat – don’t be fooled by a cloudy day. Bring a beach umbrella. Wear swim shirts. If you do end up with sunburn, stay out of sun until burn has faded. Apply aloe gel with lidocaine – visit Urgent Care Hawaii.
  • Drink pure water – stay away from caffeine, soda and alcoholic beverages.
  • When in doubt, don’t go out!