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WARNING ... OCEAN CONDITIONS CAN BE DANGEROUS. YOU OR LOVED ONES CAN DIE. EVEN THE BEST SWIMMERS CAN (AND HAVE) DROWN(ED), BREAK THEIR NECK IN SURF, GET SLAMMED INTO CORAL OR ROCKS, GET CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT, ETC. "IF IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT."

  • IT'S BEST TO SWIM AT A GUARDED BEACH (Maui Map Ocean Safety Officers on duty from 8:00am-4:30pm every day). You are encouraged to check with lifeguards about local ocean conditions before going in. All Ocean Safety programs with the counties on each island in Hawaii are USLA certified.
  • YOU SHOULD NEVER SWIM ALONE. ANYWHERE!
  • DON'T SWIM IN MURKY WATER. You can't see what's there, but they can see you. And the hazards (rocks, coral) you can't see will sneak up on you.
  • AVOID SWIMMING AT DAWN AND DUSK (Feeding time for ocean animals since visibility is limited when the sun is low).
  • BEWARE OF CURRENT OCEAN CONDITIONS. The beach and ocean is different every day. If you insist on going out in unfamiliar waters with no lifeguard, ask a local about the local conditions.
  • WATCH, ASK ABOUT, AND BEWARE OF OCEAN CURRENTS. Michael Phelps can't beat some rip currents.
  • LEARN THE HAZARD WARNING SIGNS (See Maui OSO Handout)
  • MAN-O-WAR & JELLYFISH CAN BE THERE ANYTIME BUT ARE MORE COMMON WHEN WINDS SHIFT. BOX JELLIES (REALLY NASTY) ARE COMMON 10 DAYS AFTER THE FULL MOON (ESP IN WAIKIKI).
  • STANDING ON ROCK OUTCROPPINGS IS DANGEROUS. LARGE WAVES CAN WASH YOU INTO ROCKY ROUGH WATERS WITH NO WAY TO CLIMB OUT - VISITORS DIE EVERY YEAR WATCHING THE BEAUTIFUL WAVES TOO CLOSE.

For more info on Hawaiian (including Maui) beach safety, check the new UH website. For info on Maui Beaches, see the Maui County Ocean Safety website and check their brochure. More beach safety can be found on this Kaua'i site, too. And Oahu's lifeguard page.