Your Guide to Beach Safety in the Myrtle Beach Area
With tens of thousands of people swimming in the ocean daily during the summertime, the Myrlte Beach area has an excellent safety record. But it's important to take proper precautions whenever near water. Here are a few beach safety tips to make sure your visit to one of the many beaches in the Myrlte Beach area is as fun and as safe as possible.
Look for, read, and obey all beach safety flags
Swim in areas with a lifeguard
Listen and follow lifeguard's directions and warnings
Swim with a buddy
Don't fight the current (signal for help!)
Don't float where you can't swim
Watch small children closely
Don't swim or surf within 75 yards of piers or where people are fishing (fishing attracts aquatic life)
Don't dive into the surf (protect your neck!)
Leash your boogie board or surfboard
Ask a lifeguard about ocean water conditions
People with open wounds/cuts or compromised immune systems shouldl avoid public bodies of water
Know the local rules and laws (visit the municipalities website for more info)
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. People with compromised immune systems or open wounds or cuts should avoid all public bodies of water, including the ocean, ponds, rivers, lakes and pools.
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.