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Mālama Ola Minute: Keeping your keiki safe at the beach

July 7, 2021

Contributed by Nadine Lagaso

Summer is in full swing and many of us are heading to the beach to cool off. But before you unload your picnic cooler and pool noodles, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the following tips to make sure you and your keiki stay safe:


  1. Swim near a lifeguard.
  2. Check with lifeguards about current safety hazards.
  3. Observe all posted beach signs.
  4. Swim with a buddy and look out for each other.
  5. Swim during daylight hours.
  6. Check the local weather forecasts as they include surf reports.
  7. Use caution when using flotation devices, as currents can take you away from shore.
  8. Enter water feet first to avoid head injuries.
  9. Stay close to shore and locate safe ocean exit locations.
  10. Be aware of ocean activities such as boards, kayaks, etc.
  11. If you need help get a lifeguard’s attention.
  12. Stay hydrated.
  13. Stay sober.
  14. Avoid wet rocks and ledges.
  15. Do not jump off cliffs.

Please remember: Let’s do our part to keep our reefs healthy by using reef-safe sunscreen to protect you and to mālama our oceans.

Ka manu kaʻupu hālō ʻale o ka moana.
"The kaʻupu, the bird that observes the ocean."
Said of a careful observer.


Beach safety for families

Hawai‘i beach safety
Hawaiian Lifeguard Association

Swimming safely at the beach
American Red Cross

Skincare chemical and marine Life
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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