When you visit the beautiful beaches of St. Johns County, remember beach safety is everyone's concern. Marine Rescue personnel provide lifeguard coverage along several miles of coastline from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend from 10:00am until 6:00pm weather permitting.
The National Weather Service reports rip currents as the most deadly weather related event in Florida. Water in a rip current can be dirty brown from churned up sand, and moves rapidly out to sea. If you cannot recognize rip currents, talk to the lifeguard before going into the water.
If you are caught in a rip current do not panic. The rip current will not pull you under. Call or wave for assistance or swim parallel to shore until you are out of the rip, then swim directly towards the shore.
The ocean is a wonderful playground. Avoid its dangers by understanding it more thoroughly. If you cannot swim an overhand stroke for 15 minutes, you should not be in the ocean much above your knees. For your own safety, take swimming lessons.and be strong enough to enjoy it safely!
A wide spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks most of the harmful UV radiation from sun exposure.
Marine Rescue lifeguards are stationed along various stretches of the shoreline for your protection. You can help them make your stay a safe and enjoyable one by checking with them on local conditions and by swimming with a buddy in front of a staffed lifeguard tower.
The intertidal zone is home to a variety of sea creatures that can injure beachgoers. Jellyfish, stingrays, sea urchins, saltwater catfish, algae blooms, barnacles, and sharks are among the most feared, despite the relatively low number of injuries. Heeding the advice of lifeguards and public safety officials will minimize your chances of injury.
Please Note: Vehicle beach access may vary due to weather, tides, and stability of sand.
For more information about St. Johns County Parks and Recreation, beaches, pavilion rentals, and beach wheelchair program, please call (904) 209-0752. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Please allow up to 72 hours for a response.