Choosing A Beach
The information on hawaiibeachsafety.com is intended to assist you in making an aware and informed decision in choosing a beach destination appropriate to your personal ocean skill level. While various publications, tourism promotional materials, or other sources of information may favorably describe particular beaches, this does not mean that the beach is right for you.
You must use your own best personal judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for you and your ocean skill level. Regardless of your skill level, you are strongly encouraged to observe the following beach safety basics:
- CHOOSE ONLY LIFEGUARDED BEACHES
- NEVER SWIM ALONE
- DON’T DIVE INTO UNKNOWN WATER OR INTO SHALLOW BREAKING WAVES
- PRIOR TO ENTERING THE WATER, ASK A LIFEGUARD ABOUT BEACH AND SURF CONDITIONS AND ANY PROBLEMS OR HAZARDS
- IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SWIM OUT OF A STRONG CURRENT, SIGNAL FOR HELP
- RELY ON YOUR SWIMMING ABILITY RATHER THAN ANY FLOTATION DEVICE
- LOOK FOR, READ, AND OBEY ALL BEACH SAFETY SIGNS AND SYMBOLS
- IF IN DOUBT, JUST STAY OUT! IT IS FAR BETTER TO RECOGNIZE THAT A BEACH IS TOO DANGEROUS RATHER THAN ATTEMPT TO ENTER THE OCEAN AND RISK INJURY OR DEATH.
Since beach conditions may change quickly, actual conditions at the beach may be significantly different from those reflected on this website. The University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, the City and County of Honolulu, the County of Hawaii, the County of Kauai, the County of Maui, the Hawaii State Department of Health, and the Hawaii Tourism Authority and their respective departments, agencies, officers, directors, employees, agents and attorneys shall not be liable, without limitation, for any and all actions, causes of action, claims, judgments, attorneys' costs, and/or liens arising out of, or in any way connected to any use or misuse of the information on hawaiibeachsafety.com.
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