Beach Safety Tips

Remember these safety tips, they could save your life!
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While some beaches are perfect for family fun, others are extremely hazardous and suited for experienced water people only. Ask a lifeguard or check the Kauai Ocean Report for daily conditions »

Safety Tips

Varied shoreline topography, open-ocean swells and constantly changing conditions make our beaches beautiful, great for surfing, and often DANGEROUS. Here are some safety tips to help you have a safe Hawaii vacation.

Important safety video with lifeguard Kalani Viera

  • Swim at lifeguarded beaches – ask lifeguards for safety and swimming tips.
  • Lifeguards post warning signs – Don’t ignore them! Read them and heed them!
  • Conditions constantly changedaily and seasonal changes must be monitored closely
  • Waves come in sets – it can look calm for up to 20 minutes between dangerous sets of huge waves.
  • Hazards can exist in ANY coastal area - not just in the water. Be careful on wet sand and rocks.
  • Do not fight a rip current – if caught in a current keep calm, float, breathe, don’t panic, and wave for help. Go WITH the current and conserve energy.
  • Use the buddy system – never swim alone & know your limits.
  • When in doubt – don't go out!
  • Learn More – Check out The Explorer's Guide to Kauai, our Ebook travel guide with lots more safety tips, as well as maps and highlights to island towns, parks and restaurants.

Have Fun, Be Safe, and understand where (and when) to hit the beach!

Comments (53 comments)   View all comments   

K.S.Ram Mohan | Oct 09, 2007 10:39AM

Which is the safest beach for swimming and recreational activities?


Kauai Explorer Staff | Oct 09, 2007 11:54AM

Aloha KS - there is no one answer for your question.

Please read through the site a bit more; you'll find that recreation and safety are based on your ability and the prevailing [...] view more

Jan | Jan 20, 2008 3:42PM

We were in Kauai about 2 years ago staying on the North side of the island. We noticed that the beaches we went to (keep in mind there were MANY we didn't visit) did not allow food or drink on the [...] view more

Kauai Explorer Staff | Jan 20, 2008 5:48PM

Jan - I do not know of a regulation prohibiting food or drinks at the beach. And if there is such a regulation then just about everyone is violating it. W

naruto | Feb 26, 2008 4:40PM

hey what if a shark gets me

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