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.