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California Beach Safety Can Save Lives Through Knowledge!

Not all dangers that lurk at California Beaches are avoidable, but with some knowledge of beach safety basics, you'll avoid the greatest number of threats and have a pleasant, carefree.





From the time you arrive at the beach, the first thing to watch is broken glass. While many beaches routinely sift the sand for broken objects that cut, and many prohibit glass, you may want to consider wearing shoes as you enter the beaches, especially until you are certain that the beach and sand are safe.


As you arrive, you'll also want to know water quality and water conditions.  Water quality at most California beaches is monitored by a nonprofit organization, Heal the Bay ( If it has recently rained (within a day or two), water quality diminishes greatly.  And although Heal the Bay does a pretty good job of sampling water contaminants, their results are usually posted a week later. That's not much help for today. But by looking at the grades of water quality at beaches over a month or year, you gain a clearer picture of which beaches are routine offenders.


After you've checked quality issues online, you will next want to know if riptides are prevalent. Jellyfish, stingrays and other sea critters can make for a painful sting or bite, posing more of an inconvenience than danger, in most cases.  Water currents and other hazards can quickly be discovered by asking a lifeguard.  If it's an "all clear", there a just a few more basics to consider.


Rip currents or riptides:

Surviving the Surf

Rip Current Rescue



Marine Safety Days


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