beach safety

Tips to Stay Safe in OC


In the summer, Ocean City’s population expands into one of Maryland’s largest cities, and with so many visitors Coastal Highway becomes extremely busy with pedestrians, drivers and cyclists. Below are some reminders to help keep everybody safe. 

Pay attention and avoid distractions.

Pedestrians should use the sidewalk and cross the road in the marked crosswalks.

Drivers should follow traffic signals and signs; stop for pedestrians in crosswalks; not drive
in the bus and bike lanes. 

Cyclists must obey traffic laws, ride on the road—not the sidewalk—in the direction of traffic.

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Surf and Sand

Holes dug on the beach can be no deeper than the knees of the smallest person in your group and must take up a small area.

Do not leave any holes unattended, and fill it
back in before you leave the beach.

Only swim when lifeguards are on duty
(10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.).

Do not leave children unattended near the water.

Do not swim near fishing piers, wooden pilings or rock jetties.

No swimming or wading in designated
surfing areas.

Pay attention to signs and flags, and check with a lifeguard regarding beach conditions.

Rip Currents

Rip currents can form in large open areas of water, including low spots and breaks in sandbars, or near structures such as jetties and piers.

If caught in a rip current, swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline.

If you are unable to swim out of a rip current, float or calmly tread water to conserve your energy.

If you observe someone in distress in the ocean, do not enter the water. Get help from a lifeguard or call 9-1-1.