Beach Safety

Beach Safety and Emergency Response


The beach can be a fun and enjoyable experience when coming to visit Seaside. Remember Lifeguards may not be on duty.

A couple tips to keep you and your group safe: 

Never turn your back to the ocean, a sneaker wave may travel further up the beach with more force and knock you down. 

Beach conditions change throughout the year and the day. There may be rip currents, holes and drop-offs. If you are not familiar with the ocean or have doubts - Don't go out!

Parents: Do not leave your children unattended. Never swim alone, always have a buddy who knows where your at! 

Life jackets are recommended for weak swimmers

Understand rip current safety. you can find out more information here: USLA 

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Take breaks from the water to warm up and drink fluids.

Never attempt to rescue someone in distress if you are not trained or equipped to do so. Many of our rescues involve the original victim and a good Samaritan who got themselves into trouble as well. Call 911, and keep the victim in sight to give the Lifeguards a report when they arrive.

General beach information

Recreational fires are allowed on the beach unless restricted due to fire season. Burning must be 50 feet away from dune grass. You cannot burn plastics, glass, nails, pallets, or driftwood. You may burn natural, untreated wood. 

Fire Pits must be 3 feet or smaller, both in diameter and height, When your done enjoying your fire please do not bury it in sand, the coals can remain hot into the next day and other visitors, pets, and children have been burned before from walking through a buried fire. Please spread your coals out, separate the wood, douse with water, and leave the fire to go out. 

Dogs are allowed off leash if under voice control, you are responsible for for their behavior. 

Remove you trash when you leave. There are trash receptacles on the prom

Camping and tents are prohibited on the beach, 3 sided sun shelters are allowed

Watercraft cannot be launched or landed on Seaside's beach.  

For a complete list of rules and regulations for Oregon's beaches visit: OPRD rules


Emergency Response

Emergency responders  are on the beach from Memorial Day weekend through Labor day to provide a public education and quick response to emergencies. 

Our lifeguards respond to all medical emergencies from the water to the Promenade and are fully equipped with the necessary medical gear including AEDs. 

The Lifeguards regularly work with Seaside Police, Medix Ambulance, and the US Coast Guard. Lifeguards are ambassadors of the beach and interact with the public on a daily basis to provide information, safety tips, medical care and if needed water rescue. 

Utv With Rip Sign

The lifeguards spend a majority of their time in preventative lifeguarding--that is stop a situation before it becomes an emergency. This is done

 through public interaction, checking water conditions regularly throughout the day and posting signs if needed warning of particular dangerous areas and going in the water to check on swimmers before they need  help.

If you are interested in becoming a Seaside Lifeguard, contact Division Chief David Rankin at the fire station.

The Lifeguards operate from one single elevated tower in front of the turnaround. 

Yellow Semaphores can be seen up and down the 3 mile stretch of beach on seaside. Semaphore

These posts have a signal that can be pulled to visual identification of an emergency, but are also labeled with the street they are in front of. 

In an emergency it is helpful to tell the 911 dispatcher what semaphore you are closest too.