Beach Season: May 25th – September 15th, 2002
Injuries: See EMT for details
Outer Beach Responses: 34
Number of Patrons: Thousands
Suffolk County lifeguards made 917 rescues this year within the bathing area. We made five rescues using our WaveRunner and lifeguard sled. In addition, each year our lifeguards are called to make outer beach rescues at Smith Point and Cupsogue. Each time we were able to quickly and efficiently rescue the victims and bring them to safety.
Beach Safety Tips
1.Swim only in guarded area.
2.Do not dive into shallow water.
3.No ball playing or Frisbees on shore line.
4.Never swim alone.
5.Children should always swim with adult supervision.
6.Check with lifeguards on beach and surf conditions.
7.If you hear a whistle, look to see if the lifeguard is signaling you.
8.Avoid digging deep holes that can be hazardous to others.
9.Never sit or dig in front of the lifeguard tower.
10. No glass containers are permitted on the beach.
11.No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.
12. NEVER fake calls for HELP. However, don’t be embarrassed to call for help.
13. If you need help, do not panic. If you are unable to swim back to shore, call or wave for help. The lifeguards are well trained in water and beach safety. Respect their presence and judgement and never interfere with their work.