Be it your first time to the beach or going on 50 years of Ocean Devotion this valuable Beach and Surfing Safety Guide offers tips and safety information even long time “Salts” can benefit from. Easy to read, understand and apply, take time to look it over, pass the info on and help save lives !!! Remember beach safety is no accident – – – Know before you go !!!

For the first time anywhere the world’s first and foremost complete ———— Basic Beach and Surfing Safety Guide plus Etiquette !!! 


Willis Brothers Beach Etiquette:

1. Sunscreen. Use hand lotion sunscreens as opposed to spray on sunscreens. If you do use aerosol and spray bottle sunscreen be aware it  can blow down wind through the air right into your neighbor’s eyes and lungs.

2. Keep your music low. While you may love to blast your music remember many people come to the beach to hear the waves, seagulls, peace and quiet.

3. Sand Holes. If you dig a deep hole in the sand, fill it before you leave.

4. Don’t leave trash. Pack it in pack it out.

5. No Glass. Don’t bring glass containers to the beach. Beach Safety Orientation Beach Observation – Observe


Willis Brothers Beach Safety:

1. Beach Observation – Observe

a. Look for possible hazards i.e. rip currents, rocks, jetties, piers, lobster traps etc.
b. Look at over all conditions such as tides, swell height, wind direction, where waves are breaking and where they are not.
c. Decide where you are going to swim or surf.

2. Long Shore Currents

Long shore currents can drag swimmers up or down the beach. Generally the larger the waves the stronger the current.

3. Stationary Beach Marker

To avoid getting swept up or down the beach by the long shore current have a  stationary reference point. (House, rock formation, tree, etc). For swimmers this can also help you keep track of your towel and belongings at the beach on a crowded day.

4. Rip Currents/Waves

Rip currents occur along side or in between waves. Where rip currents occur the water is deeper. Where waves occur water is shallower.

Rip currents do not always flow straight out and can be difficult to identify. Flash rip currents appear at unpredictable times. Bigger waves create stronger rip currents.

To identify a rip current look for the spaces or gaps in between the waves or along side waves.

a. To avoid rip currents simply wade or swim in front of the waves.
b. To escape rip currents stay relaxed, swim or tread water toward the waves. Waves are the oceans escalator of energy heading toward the shore.

The closer a swimmer gets to the waves the weaker the pull of the rip current will be and the easier it will be to swim in. Watch our Rip Current Safety Video Here.

5. Bees, Jelly Fish, Stingrays

a. Bees: Be vigilant for bees washed up along the shoreline some alive some not, however both can still sting.
b. Jellyfish: If stung by a jellyfish use vinegar to negate the sting. Do not rinse in fresh water or rub stinging area.
c. Stingray: There are 3 common ways of hopefully avoid stepping on and getting stung by a stingray.

1. Stingray shuffle. Shuffle your feet when walking out into the ocean to avoid steeping on a stingray.
2. Stingray tap. Stomp after every few shuffles loudly to alert the stingray you are coming and for the stingray to move away.
3. When ever possible look. In shallow or clear water it is possible to see stingrays resting on the ocean floor.

Stingrays have a razor sharp harpoon barb on the end of their tails. When stepped on they inflict a sharp jab (usually in the foot) as if having stepped on a nail. If stung by a stingray it is extremely painful. The most common remedy used by surfers and lifeguards is to immerse the afflicted wound in hot water for one hour.

6. Swimming in shallow water can be dangerous.

Never dive straight down head first into the ocean or while body surfing. If you do dive off or fall headfirst keep your arms in front of you or tuck and roll.

7. While in the ocean never have anything in between you and the waves.

Watch out for others and help save lives by sharing this information


Willis Brothers Surfing Etiquette:

1. A surfer has the right of way over a surfer paddling out.

2. The surfer closet to the curl or breaking part of the wave has priority possession.

3. Riding together can be ok, dropping in on or interrupting a surfer’s ride is not.


Willis Brothers Surfing Safety Tips:

1. Never have anything between you and the wave. Your surfboard should be underneath you or to your side and pointed into the waves.

2. Never dive or fall head first off the surfboard. If you do, put your arms out to protect your fall or tuck and roll.

3. Always know how to take off your leash without looking before ever going out into the ocean.

4. Remember generally waves are much bigger than they appear from shore.

5. A B C’s of Surfing – Always Be Cool !

Surfing like life there will be great rides and there will be wipeouts. These ups and downs are part of the entire experience and are best handled by practicing remaining cool and  calm under pressure….

Blessings and Respect, Milton (MB1) Willis, Michael (MC2) Willis