- Beach Safety- Camp Pendleton
Beach Safety- Camp Pendleton
Rip Currents are narrow, river-like currents that have been fed by waves in succession. The water at the shoreline finds a low point in the ocean bottom and forms a rip current at that given point out past the surf line. Rip currents can also be formed at the base of a jetty like Del Mar, or the side of a reef-like at “Churches” (San Onofre). If you’re caught in a rip current, DON’T PANIC! Swim parallel to the shoreline until you feel you’re out of the current, and then swim toward the beach. Rip currents occur at both Del Mar and San Onofre Beaches. Check with lifeguards to locate where recent rip currents have been forming.
Swimming & Surfing Zones/Flags
Black & White Checkered Flag Swimming/Bodyboarding zones are designated by this flag. When these checkered flags are posted, swimming, bodyboarding, and wading are allowed between the checkered flags only.
Blackball Flag If this flag is flying within the swimming/bodyboarding zone, no surfing or other hardboards are allowed. Surfing and other hardboard sports are allowed outside the swimming/bodyboarding zone.
Red Flag This flag indicates the beach is closed for swimming. This could be the result of contamination, heavy surf, fog, or dangerous areas. Check with lifeguards for updates.
Yellow Flag This flag indicates to exercise caution. Public announcements will be made, advising beach users of conditions. Check with lifeguards for updates.
- Stay off the rock jetty when the surf is breaking over the top of the rocks. Obey the signage placed during high surf events.
- Never turn your back to the ocean. You may be swept off the rock jetty.
- Open crevasses and sinkholes between large boulders create stepping/slipping hazards.
- Slippery rock surfaces caused by sea spray create hazards. Please stay on the paved areas of the rock jetty.