Beach Safety in Gulf Shores

Hey Friends! When it comes to enjoying the Alabama Gulf Coast, prioritizing safety ensures a fun and unforgettable experience. Here are some key beach safety tips for Gulf Shores:

  • Respect the Power of the Ocean: The Gulf can have strong currents and always check the beach flags before swimming.
  • Lifeguard the Lifesavers: Swim near guarded beaches with lifeguards on duty during their operating hours (typically March to October in Gulf Shores).
  • Buddy Up: Never swim alone. Always go with a friend or family member, especially if you’re not a strong swimmer.
  • Know the Flags: Gulf Shores uses a beach flag warning system to indicate water conditions. Here’s a quick guide:
  • Double Red Flag: Water closed to the public.
  • Red Flag: High hazard with strong currents and dangerous surf.
  • Yellow Flag: Medium hazard with moderate surf conditions.
  • Purple Flag: Dangerous marine life present (be cautious of jellyfish, stingrays, etc.).
  • Weather Woes: Be aware of approaching storms and avoid swimming during thunderstorms or rough weather.
  • Sun Safety: Pack sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply frequently, especially after swimming. ( Our favorite is Sun Bum!) 
  • Marine Life: Be cautious of jellyfish, stingrays, and other marine life. Shuffle your feet when entering the water to avoid stepping on stingrays. End up stung by a jellyfish? Here are some remedies for you to try out. 
  • Hydration is Key: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially on hot days. Liquid IV is great for replacing electrolytes! 
  • Leave No Trace: Pack out all your trash to keep the beach clean and beautiful for everyone.

For real-time beach conditions in Gulf Shores, you can call 251-968-SURF (7873) or text ALBEACHES to 888777 to receive daily text alerts on beach conditions and flag status.

By following these tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable beach experience in Gulf Shores!

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