Before You Go

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Whether this is your first time to a Hawaii beach, or you are a frequent beachgoer, always think before you go out.

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Know Your Limits

Ocean activities can be strenuous. Your current health, preexisting medical conditions, fitness level and familiarity with the ocean environment all affect your ability to enjoy beach activities safely.

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Plan For Your Ocean Activities

Even common activities, like swimming or snorkeling, can be more difficult when done in Hawaii’s powerful ocean. Knowing what to expect in the water ahead of time, and having the proper equipment are important to enjoying the beach safely.

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Plan For Your Ocean Activities

Even common activities, like swimming or snorkeling, can be more difficult when done in Hawaii’s powerful ocean. Knowing what to expect in the water ahead of time, and having the proper equipment are important to enjoying the beach safely.

Learn About Ocean Activities
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Plan to Go to a Lifeguarded Beach

Always go to a beach with a lifeguard on duty. Talk to lifeguards before entering the water to get a better understanding of current beach conditions.

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Always Swim with a Buddy

Swimming with a friend or family member helps ensure that someone can call for help in case of an emergency. Even experienced swimmers can get into trouble in the ocean. An adult should always supervise children at the beach, whether they are in the water or near the shoreline.

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Always Swim with a Buddy

Swimming with a friend or family member helps ensure that someone can call for help in case of an emergency. Even experienced swimmers can get into trouble in the ocean. An adult should always supervise children at the beach, whether they are in the water or near the shoreline.

See More Beach Tips for Families
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Drowning and Spinal Cord Injury

Participating in any ocean activity can be dangerous, and the risk of drowning and spinal cord injury is always present. Drowning and spinal cord injury are both preventable; don’t become the next statistic.

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