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7
Mar 7, 2015
Eagerly anticipated each year in Myrtle Beach, the Art Mus...more
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3
Mar 3, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015
The Myrtle Beach area is thrilled to, once again, welcome ...more
Mar
13
Mar 13, 2015
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Downtown Conway with the 5t...more
Mar
14
Mar 14, 2015
The 27th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade will...more
Mar
12
Mar 12, 2015 - Mar 14, 2015
The NSDC started in Myrtle Beach in 1984 and is the longes...more
Mar
14
Mar 14, 2015
Come out for a night of dinner, dancing, a silent auction,...more
Mar
14
Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015
Welcome to the 2015 World Famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk St...more
Mar
19
Mar 19, 2015 - Mar 21, 2015
The Pee Dee Street Rodders and City of Myrtle Beach presen...more
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14
Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 22, 2015
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to ce...more
Mar
24
Mar 24, 2015
The TechEXPO is a gathering of businesses and education to...more
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Safety Tips

Through the Swim Safe program, local communities offer 10 safety tips for ocean swimmers:

  • Rip Tide Public Service Announcement (video by Beach TV)



  • Drowning Bulletin: Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning (PDF)
  • Swim in areas with a lifeguard
  • Swim with a buddy
  • Swim sober
  • Don't fight the current (signal for help!)
  • Don't float where you can't swim
  • Watch small children closely
  • Don't dive into the surf (protect your neck!)
  • Leash your boogie board or surfboard
  • Ask a lifeguard about ocean water conditions
  • Look for, read, and obey all beach safety flags (yellow, lifeguard on duty; blue, aquatic danger; red, no swimming allowed)

Sand & Surf Beach Safety

Your Guide to Beach Safety in the Myrtle Beach Area

Assuring Clean, Safe Water

The health and safety of residents and visitors are of the highest importance to the municipalities in the Myrtle Beach area. To ensure that area beach water is clean and safe, a voluntary beach water monitoring program is underway in cooperation with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. During the summer months, the surf is regularly tested. If unacceptable levels of bacteria are detected, the area affected is posted with an advisory.

The possibility of pollutants in ocean water is greatest after a heavy rain, when runoff from lawns and streets can pick up fertilizer, pesticides, and trash. Swimming immediately after a rainstorm and playing in shallow tidal pools or in the water discharging from storm drainage pipes should be avoided.

Swimming in contaminated water may result in minor illnesses such as sore throats or diarrhea. Natural organisms can affect anyone with certain existing health problems.

More Sand Means More Room for Sun and Fun

Myrtle Beach area beaches are wider than ever, the result of a two-year renourishment project completed in 1998. It pumped almost five million cubic yards of new sand onto the shores. This $60 million enhancement plan was conducted by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers with federal, state and local funding in cooperation with Myrtle Beach area municipalities and a national dredging company.

In addition to creating expansive beaches, dunes were re-established to safeguard the renourished areas. Sand fencing and new plantings of sea oats and sea grasses are for increased protection of the beach. An added bonus is the collection of fabulous shells and fossils that were brought ashore with the new sand which was borrowed from the ocean floor.

So enjoy what Mother Nature has wrought and what technology labors mightily to care for!

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