Enjoy our Beaches Safely & Be Aware of Rip Currents

RIP CUrrents

Ventura City Fire reminds beachgoers to safely enjoy our beaches. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents account for more than 80 percent of rescues performed by beach lifeguards. Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from the shore – typically found near coastal structures such as jetties and piers.

Follow these safety precautions to stay safe: learn to swim, swim near a lifeguard, never swim alone, swim sober and don’t fight the rip current. When caught in a rip current, first swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When you are out of the rip current, swim towards the shore (see illustration).

Swim Where It’s safe: Daily lifeguard services began Memorial Day weekend at all Ventura Harbor beaches off of Spinnaker Drive, funded by the Ventura Port District, which contracts with California State Parks. Services are provided through Labor Day weekend. Harbor Cove will have a daily lifeguard from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the South Beach/Surfer’s Knoll area will have a lifeguard from 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. daily.

For more ocean safety tips and rip current information, visit the United States Lifesaving Association at www.usla.org.

From Ventura Water’s June 2016 Pipeline

Water Safety Tips for Young Children


Wherever there is water — at the beach, around pools, ponds, creeks, rivers, water features, and even your bathtub at home — It’s important to watch young children. 

Here are some water safety tips to review for a safe and secure summer!


•Don’t leave young children around any body of water  – EVER.

•Young children playing near a pool or in water at the beach need an adult or certified lifeguard watching them at all times.  A good rule of thumb is to have the child within reach.  If there are many adults and children around, have ONE assigned to a particular child.

•Secure swimming pools and hot tubs.  Use fences and self clothing or latched gates.

•When the pool is in use, completely remove the cover.

•Store all toys away from the water when not in use.

•Always have emergency phone numbers handy in case there is a situation.

•Know your neighborhood and find out if your neighbors or child’s friends homes have pools.  Have conversations to ensure your child’s safety.


•Never leave a small child alone where there’s water — toilets, tubs, aquariums, mop buckets, water fountain features, etc.

•When you have small children at home, bathroom doors should be kept closed.  Toilets can be secured with lid locks.

•Never leave a baby alone in the bath.  Before you run the tub, make sure you have everything you need for the baby’s bath at hand.  If you need to leave the bath, always take the baby with you.

•Make sure you have a talk with babysitters or caregivers about water safety.

•Many young children have gotten into trouble leaving the house through a pet door and have reached hot tubs and pools.  Make sure there are no open windows, doors or openings to these areas that are unlocked or open.

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Ventura Water: Water Maintenance, Water Safety and Taste


In this November/December 2012 segment of the Sustainable Ventura TV Series, Ventura Water’s Water Utility Manager Omar Castro talks about water maintenance, water safety and taste.

Also on the show – Ventura Water’s Water Treatment Operator 3 Luis Coccillos talks about what’s in our water and water quality and testing practices, tips on keeping our water safe and clean and viewers get a  behind-the-scenes look direct from the Water Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards.

The show, hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Ray Olson, showcases environmental and sustainable practices, programs, events, issues and happenings taking place and/or offered by the City of Ventura.

The Sustainable Ventura TV Series is seen on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm and  rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.



Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tips: Water Safety for children

Water Safety Tips from our friends at the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)

Although the cooler months are on the way, the temperatures have still been very high in Southern California these past few weeks.  Please note some of these life-saving water tips and share them with others!

  • Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
  • Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
  • Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
  • Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms.
  • Install a poolside phone, preferably a cordless model, with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
  • Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
  • Keep rescue equipment poolside. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you will lose valuable life-saving seconds. Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
  • Keep a first aid kit at poolside.READ MORE at National Water Safety Month

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