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May
2
May 2, 2015
A street festival in Downtown Conway featuring a classic c...more
May
2
May 2, 2015
Taste of the Coast is an annual celebration of the Grand S...more
May
9
May 9, 2015
Kickoff your summer in North Myrtle Beach during the month...more
May
16
May 16, 2015
The Military Appreciation Days Parade steps off at 10:30 a...more
May
16
May 16, 2015 - May 17, 2015
The purpose of this festival is and will continue to be, o...more
May
15
May 15, 2015 - May 17, 2015
XCON World is an annual comic convention & show which ...more
May
17
May 17, 2015 - May 20, 2015
2015 will mark the 16th year of this 2 person team event, ...more
May
27
May 27, 2015 - May 30, 2015
The 32nd Annual National Retired Military Golf Classic is ...more
May
1
May 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during ...more
May
30
May 30, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Taking place annually in downtown Myrtle Beach, The Native...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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