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.