- Always swim near a lifeguard tower. If you can’t see the lifeguard, the lifeguard can’t see you.
- Look for any posted warning signs. Read and heed them!
- Watch the ocean conditions for at least 20 minutes before entering the water. The ocean can look calm in between dangerous sets of waves.
- If you’re unfamiliar with the area, ask someone who is knowledgeable about the potential hazards, such as a local fisherman or surfer.
- Check the weather forecast or www.kauaiexplorer.com for daily ocean reports.
- And when in doubt, don’t go out!
“We want people to hear our message before we hear from them. Once we get a call for help there’s only so much we can do to save someone’s life,” added Chief Westerman. “But if we can all work together to help to spread the message and take personal responsibility to be careful and smart, we hope people can enjoy all of what Kaua'i has to offer in a way that is both fun and safe. That’s our ultimate goal.”