On both public beaches each seasonal lifeguard chair has a primary responsibility of a 50 yard swim area marked on either side by the days condition flags. All beach patrons are required to swim within the DSA. No DSA's will be established on Double Red Flag days.
It is important to remember to swim in front of a lifeguard at all times.
1. Beach umbrellas are permitted on our beaches as long as they are set behind our lifeguard stands.
2. Beach tents and canopies are permitted so long as there are two completely open sides not including windows or screens. These covers must remain well behind all lifeguard stands.
REMEMBER TO DIG IN. WIND DRIVEN FLYING UMBRELLAS CAUSE MAJOR INJURIES.
Holes and ravines dug by patrons greater than 2 ft deep are prohibited on our beach. Any hole found deeper than 24 inches will be filled in by the lifeguard without hesitation, no questions asked.
Question - Why do your lifeguards refuse to hand out band-aids to children with minor cuts and scrapes?
Answer: (from the Captain)
"Band-aids don't prevent sand from entering a wound, they actually trap debris in the wound. In addition band-aids will not stay on if the child remains at the beach, eventually the water and sand causes it to fall off. We do not want the public including other children contacting medical waste. Lifeguards will absolutely treat minor cuts and abrasions when requested but the application of band-aids will have to wait until the family is ready to depart the beach."
Make sure you have the following items in your beach bag
A sunburn is caused by the exposure to specific radioactive rays of light originating from our closest star, the sun. Protect yourself by wearing plenty of water proof sunblock, hats and sunglasses.
If you have a small child umbrellas are a must and one of the only ways to completely obscure the majority of harmful rays.
Food and plenty of cold drinks make your day so much better at the beach. There are plenty of awesome restaurants,pizza joints and sandwich spots in Sea Bright should you forget your lunch box. .
Bring at least 1/2 gallon of water per person for a typical "hot" day at the beach.
Daily beach badges can only be purchased using cash. ATM's typically fail or run out of cash on busy days. It is advisable to bring at least 20.00 per person for beach badge food and water. .
Swim between the DSA flags and signs at all times. This designated area keeps swimmers close to lifeguards allowing us to monitor the water much more closely.
Yellow, red and double-red flag days signify the presence of potentially life threatening surf and/or rip currents. If you are not sure about the ocean conditions ask a lifeguard.
Contact your nearest lifeguard.
Alert the nearest lifeguard stand.
If you are located at an unguarded beach please call 9-1-1.
Face the shore and waive with one arm.