Beach regulations for oceans and lakes vary across the United States. Whether you're enjoying a vacation trip or you're a regular beachcomber, use these tips to keep you safe on the shore and in the water.
- Find out how to be prepared for potential beach dangers like sharks, jellyfish, and lightning.
- Learn about rip currents and ways to escape if you're caught in one.
- Check local water temperatures before visiting a beach.
- Learn tips for keeping your skin sun-safe while you're at the beach.
Sometimes beaches are closed because water testing has found the presence of human or animal waste. This poses a threat to your health and as a precaution, a beach will be closed until further notice. Before you leave home, learn about the rules of the beach you want to visit, as well as swimming advisories.
- Visit the Beach Advisory and Closing On-line Notification (BEACON) system.
- Contact your state or local beach program.
- Learn more from the Natural Resources Defense Council about the sources of beach water pollution.