Beach and Water Safety

Great white sharks swim in the waters of Cape Cod. To Learn more about shark safety on the shark safety page.

  • Be alert for rip tides, shore break, and strong undertows.
  • Never turn your back to the ocean.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Wear sun protection.
  • Glass containers are prohibited on all life-guarded beaches when a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Rafts, rubber tubes, and masks and snorkels are prohibited on life-guarded beaches.
  • Sand collapses easily. Climbing slopes and dunes, and digging holes deeper than knee level are prohibited.
  • If there is an emergency, get a lifeguard or dial 911.
If Caught in a Rip Current
  • If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
  • Don't fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction parallel to the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
  • If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not on duty call 911.

Water Safety Web Rangers

Do you know how to be safe in the water? Do an activity on the Web Rangers webpage, and become a Water Safety Web Ranger.

Become a Water Safety Web Ranger!
Cases of "swimmers' itch" (Cercverdana,sans-serif dermatitis) have been reported by people who have been in the water at Salt Pond in Eastham. Find out more about swimmers itch at the Center for Disease Control website.

Last updated: February 9, 2018

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