Long Period Southern Hemisphere swell will continue to move into the coastal waters today. Beachgoers should expect elevated surf and strong rip currents through the weekend. Rip Currents will likely be more frequent and stronger than usual. In addition, there will be significant long-shore current affecting most LA County beaches. There will be lulls between larger waves and beachgoers should avoid walking on rocks or Jetties near the waters edge and never turn your back on the ocean.
Stay off the Rocks!
The incoming South swell is long period, meaning that, there will be significant time (lulls) between wave sets. It’s important to stay off rocks and Jetties near the water to avoid being swept off and them into treacherous waters.
Swim, Body Board, and Surf near an Open Lifeguard tower.
If you plan on being down at the beach this weekend make sure you to swim, and surf near and open lifeguard tower. Be sure to check in with the lifeguard on duty, they can help you identify a safe place to swim and surf. If you’re not sure if a tower is open look for one with; open shutters, a flag, and the red recuse can hanging from the hook. (just like the picture).
Avoid Rip Currents & learn how to escape one before getting in the water.
If you get caught in a Rip Current;
- Stay Calm.
- Don’t fight the Current.
- Swim out of the Current (Parallel to Shore) & then in.
- If you’re too weak to swim, float or tread water until a lifeguard can assist you
More on Rip Currents HERE.
Check in with the lifeguard before entering the water and they will direct you to a safe area for swimming. At most LA County beaches the safe swim area will be marked with two orange swim flags.
Know your limits.
If you are unsure of your abilities in the ocean, both swimming or surfing, check in with the lifeguard before you get in. At most beaches the lifeguard can direct you to a safe area to enjoy the water.
Stay Away from the Sick/Injured Seals
We currently have a large influx of sick and injured seals and sealions on LA County beaches. DO NOT CALL 911! This ties up valuable resources that are meant for emergency purposes. If you see an injured animal do the following;
- Stay Back! Seals have very strong bites and sharp teeth.
- Do not feed wildlife.
- Do not drag animals back into the water. They are too weak to swim.
- Contact the nearest Lifeguard. Don’t call 911
We appreciate the public’s concern for these animal; LA County Lifeguards & Marine Mammal Rescue are working to ensure the safety and well being of all Marine animals.