Hawaii Beach Safety Tips
People come from all over the world to witness Hawaii’s beautiful beaches and powerful surf. However, it’s still necessary to be safe, as surf conditions here are known in many spots for being pretty fierce. From strong currents to wave surges, staying safe on Hawaii’s beaches will ensure a fun vacation for all.
Ten Safety Tips for Beaches in Hawaii
1. Know your season. The surf conditions vary from season to season. For instance, Oahu’s north shore has ferocious waves that attract professional surfers in the winter, but the surf calms down considerably during summer.
2. Know before you go. Prior to heading out to the beaches each day, check posted warnings and find out what the surf conditions are for the day. There are even apps out there you can check, including Surfer magazine’s top five iPhone apps for surfers.
3. Only go to beaches that have lifeguards. This is especially necessary if you have small children with you.
4. Follow warnings and closures, and don’t attempt to go into the water if you have been told not to. Many times, people seal their own doom when they ignore posted warnings.
5. Sit near the lifeguard. Chat with him or her about the surf conditions for the day to get an idea of what to expect.
6. Be aware of the wave patterns. Take a look out at the waves. Are there large ones coming in groups to form a pattern?
7. Check out the Hawaii Beach Safety website to see what each water hazard symbol means and how you can avoid danger at the shore.
8. Know if there are any rip currents present and where they are. Know how to get out of one if you happen to get stuck. Swimming perpendicular to the shore is your best bet, rather than trying to frantically fight back towards shore.
9. Stay away from jellyfish. Know what to do if you get stung. In general, south shore beaches experience jellyfish infestation about eight days after a full moon, particularly Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park, Haunama Bay and the Waianae Coast on Oahu. Box, moon and lagoon jellyfish are the most common here. Take a look at the 2015 jellyfish sting caution dates to see if any of them coincide with your visit.
10. Be aware of hidden rocks. Don’t climb onto rocks that are slippery and wet. One rogue wave is all it takes to knock you over, no matter how big or experienced you are.
To experience the beautiful beaches of Oahu, take a tour with us here at Hoku Hawaii Tours. We know where all the great ones are and can give you insider information.