Beach and Ocean Safety

Safety In and Around the Water

  • Swim near a lifeguard.  Lifeguards are here to protect you and to help you safely enjoy the beach.  Please follow their instructions.
  • Call and wave for help if you are having difficulty.  Never swim alone.
  • Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present.
  • Don’t rely on flotation devices, such as rafts; you may lose them in the water.
  • If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until free. 
  • Walk into water, don’t dive into unfamiliar waters.
  • When near the water, face the waves to avoid being caught off balance.
  • Barbeques that are elevated off the sand are permitted.  All other beach fires are against regulations.
  • Use water recreational devices safely.  It is unlawful to use these devices, such as surfboards, boats, etc., in a manner which endangers others.
  • The park and beaches closes at sundown.  Plan a safe and timely departure.


Exploring the Tidepools Safely

  • Tidepool rocks are sharp and slippery.  Wear firm sole, non-slip shoes.  Walk slowly and carefully, trying not to injure the animals, plants or yourself.
  • Avoid turning your back to the ocean waves and keep a watchful eye for the occasional extra large wave.
  • Always be aware of tide times. Consult our tide chart to plan your trip. We recommend visiting the tidepools one hour before low tide to ensure optimal tidepool viewing.
  • Please do not collect or remove anything, including animals, shells, rocks, plants or kelp, from Crystal Cove State Park.  All natural resources are protected by law.
  • Never pick up animals or pry them from the rocks.  If they are disturbed, it will make a difference in their struggle for survival in this harsh environment. Avoid moving or disturbing rocks.  There is usually some animal relying on each rock for shelter and protection.
  • The native wildlife and their habitats will be disturbed and damaged by domestic pets.  Domestic dogs are prohibited on the beaches and on unpaved surfaces.

Be Aware of Rip Tides