Top Beach Hazards: How to Stay Safe on the Sand

A beach sign, of many warnings. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Beach hazards can vary by location and change over time. Harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs or red tide, are now found in all 50 states. Some experts predict climate change will make the problem worse.

And while the population of great white sharks is coming back in California, the risk of attacks remains low.

So what do you really need to be worried about? Several experts weigh in with their top picks…

Read Full Article, Web MD (05-25-2017)

Contaminated Sand May Make Beachgoers Sick, New Study Say, (07-18-2015)
When beaches are closed due to pollution, a few fearless beachgoers may think that they are safe as long as they stay remain on land. But a newly published study say that even the sand may not be safe from dangerous bacteria, and can potentially recontaminate the water…

Digging in Beach Sand Linked to Increased Risk of Gastrointestinal Illness, EPA (01-06-2015)

9 Surprising Diseases You Can Catch at the Beach, Huffington Post (08-23-2010)

MRSA: Bad Boy Bacteria, By Sharlene Pilkey (05-23-2010)
It used to be swimmers ear, (otis exterma,) and then it was swimmers itch (cercarial dermatitis) if you went to the beach, everybody got it at one time or another, but now there is a new bully bacteria hiding on supposedly pristine beaches world-wide…

Dog Excrement in Plastic Bags Threatens Beach Safety, BBC News (Uploaded 03-22-2012)

What Causes Beach Closures? WHOI (Uploaded 05-27-2012)

Forget Sharks, Lightning Poses Big Beach Threat; LiveScience (08-01-2016)
The beach may be the perfect place to cool off during the summer, but it’s also one of the deadliest spots to be caught during a lightning storm…

How Should We Respond When Humans and Sharks Collide? National Geographic (07-05-2013)

Some Of The Most Dangerous Beaches In The World; Youtube Video (05-16-2016)
Nestled in some of the most incredible locations around the world, these beaches hide potentially dangerous secrets…

Rip Currents Safety, NOAA

Rip currents are the greatest hazards on most beaches