Beach Rules

Keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard’s in the stand.

Never swim before 10 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m.

Wave your arms when in danger.

Let your children know that the lifeguard is a safe person to go to if they have any problems (getting lost, etc.)

 For your protection and safety, the activities below are either Prohibited (P) OR Regulated (R) on the beaches of Ocean City

P - Consuming alcoholic beverages

P - Allowing dogs on the beach (May 1-Sept .30)

P - Sleeping on the beach (10 p.m. - 6 a.m.)

P - Using a skim board after 10 a.m. and before 5:30 p.m.

P - Bringing glass containers onto the beach

P - Fires on the beach (including grills)

R - Playing loud music

These activities are under the discretion of the beach patrol BP

 BP - Ball playing and frisbee throwing

BP - Umbrella placement beyond established line

BP - Kite flying

BP - Digging holes in the sand (no deeper than knee deep)

BP - Fishing while the O.C.B.P. is on duty

BP - Surfing in designated areas only

The Beach Patrol suggests that you always follow these safety tips.

• Apply sunscreen liberally and often (starting 30 minutes before going in sun)

• Drink plenty of water (fluid)

• Wear eye protection

• Establish and check landmarksn Keep valuables off the beach

 • Please put trash in its place

• No glass containers please

• And finally, take seriously the warning of the S.R.T. when storms are in the area. The Ocean City Beach Patrol is in constant communication with the National Weather Service. When instructed by beach patrol personnel, please secure your belongings and leave the beach.

Rules For The Surf

Check with the Beach Patrol SRT concerning surf conditions.

• Learn to swim and obey the rules of the swimming area.

 • Never swim alone. Swim in patrolled areas only between the hours of 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

• Never dive into unknown water or shallow breaking waves.

• Don’t swim near wooden pilings, rock jetties, or the pier.

• Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device.

• If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, call or wave for help.

• The ocean can be unpredictable so treat it with respect.