As the summer approaches and brings the warmer weather with it, it is a good time to review a few basics of beach safety.
- Know the tides. You don’t want to be caught in the surf when the tides roll in. Tide Table charts are available at many area business and the Chamber of Commerce. You may also check the HMSC tides online at: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/weather/tides/tides.html
- Stay away from big logs. Four inches of water can lift a five ton log to float causing the climber to fall and possibly get pinned beneath it. If the log is surrounded by wet sand, stay off of it.
- Watch for sneaker waves and never turn you back on the ocean. Sneaker waves appear without warning and carry a lot of sand and debris with them. This can weigh you down causing difficulty in swimming and could sweep you out to sea.
- Rocks, jetties and trails can be slippery. Wear proper footwear and avoid cliffs, and stay behind guardrails.
- Rip currents are strong currents of water that rush out to sea. Rip currents may appear as dark, choppy water. Any time you see debris and foam floating out to sea, chances are you have found a rip current. Avoid the area.
- Know your tsunami evacuation route, heed warnings, and seek higher ground.
For more information on beach safety check out http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PARKS/pages/beach_tips.aspx