Enjoy the Beach Safely!

Always be aware of your surroundings

Newport has miles of beautiful beaches that are perfect for a variety of activities, but they can also be dangerous if you are not aware of your surroundings. Safety is always something to think about when you are enjoying the beach, even in the calmest days of summer. We’ve put together a list of things to consider when visiting the beach, and hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time in the surf and sand.  

Keep Clear of

Watch the Water: The old saying, “never turn your back on the ocean” always applies no matter where you are near the Pacific Ocean. Sneaker waves can come into shore very quickly, and may have enough force to knock you off of your feet. This is especially true for pets and children because they don’t weigh as much as adults.

Driftwood: Stay away from large pieces of driftwood, as they are sometimes unstable, especially when water is moving underneath them. Although large pieces of driftwood might weigh hundreds of pounds, incoming waves can lift them up or roll them over with very little effort.

Understand the Tides: High tide can come in quickly, and people can become trapped on rocks and in places they could easily walk to at low tide. Keep an eye on the water level and incoming tides if you explore narrow sections of the beach, or go out to look at tide pools at low tide.

Be Careful of Rocky Surfaces: Use caution on rock formations or on the edge of cliffs, because the ground may not be solid and can give way and crumble beneath you. Large rock formations may also be slick from algae and seaweed even though they look dry, and may cause you to slip and lose your footing.

Enter the Ocean Carefully: Whether you are wading, swimming, bodyboarding or surfing, always make sure that you know when the tides are going out and be aware of powerful rip tides just below the surface. Don’t allow children and pets to go into the water without close supervision.

Extinguish Beach Fires: Always make sure that your beach fire is completely out by dowsing it with water and stirring the water into the coals. Never cover the fire with sand, as someone might walk onto the hot coals.

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