How to be Coastsmart
NEAR THE WATER
- Take time and observe the conditions closely before you step out onto the shoreline
- Keep an eye on the incoming waves and stay alert
- Check the daily tidal information
- Stay in arm’s reach of your children when near the water
- Stay off drift logs if the tide or swell is high
IN THE WATER
- The Pacific Ocean is cold! Stay warmer with a wetsuit
- Learn surf etiquette and how to navigate the surf zone
- Stay in shallow water, unless you are trained and suited
- Be alert to the effects of cold water
- Know how to avoid a rip current, and how to escape one if caught
YOUR COASTAL ADVENTURE BEGINS WITH THE THREE T’S
- Plan your time. Don’t get trapped by high tides.
- Know where you are going. Check beach signs for your location.
- Know the terrain and check the weather and wave forecasts.
- Take a lesson.
- Learn about the hazards and how to mitigate them.
- Review this website for safety tips.
TAKING THE ESSENTIALS
- Take a communications device (phone, personal locator beacon, VHF radio).
- Bring the essentials (water, food, warm and weather proof clothing, appropriate footwear, flashlight).
- Considering the hazards, take appropriate equipment for the activity (wetsuit, personal floatation device).
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