Staying Safe on Oʻahu

With over 227 miles of coastline and 150+ identified beaches, it's no small feat to keep our residents and visitors safe as they live, play and recreate on Oʻahu. Learn how you can help protect yourself with our safety tips and resources.

Beach Safety

No matter what beach you choose to enjoy, you should always check the ocean conditions or talk to a lifeguard before getting into the water. Ocean conditions are constantly changing. Take the time to watch the surf before going into the ocean. Do not hesitate to talk to a lifeguard entering the ocean. Lifeguards are the experts when it comes to ocean safety. 

Safety Tips

Public Safety Announcements

Beach Safety

Dangers of Jumping From Kapahulu Wall & the Waimea Bay Rock

When In Doubt, Don't Go Out

Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean

Swimming at a Lifeguarded Beach Can Save Your Life

Snorkel With a Buddy

Spitting Caves Can Kill

Oahu Girl Scouts Teach CPR


COVID-19 Helpful Resources

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

EMS Is For Medical Emergencies

Emergency Medical Services

Help Us Save Lives

Stop Child Abuse

Safe Crosswalks

Calling EMS

We Are EMS

Safety Resources

Surf News Network

Resources for checking surf conditions via live webcams, swell tracking, tide, weather and buoy reports.
Get Surf Info

Hawaiʻi Ocean Safety

Tips for staying safe at the beach including: lists of life-guarded beaches, ocean hazards, snorkeling safety, warning signs and more.
Ocean Safety Tips

Sign Up for Alerts

Download the City's app to your mobile device or visit the site to see all alerts. This app will alert you to any unusual ocean conditions, lifeguard tower closures or other hazards that should be known to the public.
Get the app

Department of Emergency Management

Please visit the City's Department of Emergency Management for detailed information on understanding hazards, making a plan including how to prepare your home and making a 14 day disaster supply kit.
Get Prepared
Lifeguard in hoodie putting up caution tape on beach

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

Before a natural disaster (hurricane, tsunami, major flooding) strikes, please ensure you are prepared by visiting our list of resources to prepare yourself and your family.
Natural Disaster Preparedness