Safety Tips from Kauai Explorer

Safety Tips

Varied shoreline topography, open-ocean swells and constantly changing conditions make our beaches beautiful, great for surfing, and often DANGEROUS. Here are some safety tips to help you have a safe Hawaii vacation.

Swim at lifeguarded beaches – ask lifeguards for safety and swimming tips.
Lifeguards post warning signs – Don’t ignore them! Read them and heed them!
Conditions constantly changedaily and seasonal changes must be monitored closely
Waves come in sets – it can look calm for up to 20 minutes between dangerous sets of huge waves.
Hazards can exist in ANY coastal area – not just in the water. Be careful on wet sand and rocks.
Do not fight a rip current – if caught in a current keep calm, float, breathe, don’t panic, and wave for help. Go WITH the current and conserve energy.
Use the buddy system – never swim alone & know your limits.
When in doubt – don’t go out!
Watch this important safety video with Lifeguard Kalani Viera:

While some beaches are perfect for family fun, others are extremely hazardous and suited for experienced water people only. Ask a lifeguard or check the Kauai Ocean Report for daily conditions »

Have Fun, Be Safe, and understand where (and when) to hit the beach!