For Your Safety: Use Caution In and Around the Water
You should never swim alone. Be sure you know how to swim before venturing into the ocean.
You may swim at most other locations, but be advised that swimming is at your own risk, and you should be respectful of other people's recreational rights. We strongly recommend that you always swim at a guarded beach, where properly trained lifeguards also watch for rip currents, lateral currents, large storm surf, undertow and other hazards in the water. You should never swim alone.
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You should be cautious when swimming at dawn or dusk and at night.
Always be alert for hazards washing ashore. A large amount of debris was deposited on the beach and in washovers during the Nor'easter of April 2007.
Wading or Walking
Lifeguards clean the guarded beach on a daily basis during the summer, but debris may wash up or become uncovered during the night.
National Park Service rangers conduct safety checks in the Great South Bay and Fire Island National Seashore marinas.
For your own safety and that of others, follow all boating regulations. Remember that no wake is allowed in the marinas.
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Do you know what to do when you see clouds like these?
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