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Surf City Beach Frequently Asked Questions Page

What is the Surf City Aquatic Plan?
Where are the Lifeguard Stands Located in Surf City?
Why is there only One Lifeguard Stand on my beach sometimes?
When are the Lifeguards on Duty?
Can I walk on the Jetty?
What does the Lifeguard's Whistle Mean?
Where can I surf in Surf City?
What are the Flags For?
Can I use my Kayak or Personal Watercraft in Surf City?
Can I Scuba Dive or Spearfish in Surf City?
Where can I Surf Fish in Surf City?
What is the definition of a Boogie Board vs. a Surfboard?
Where is the Bay Beach in Surf City?

 

What is the Surf City Aquatic Plan?

The Surf City Aquatic Supervision plan specifies the Lifeguarding and Emergency procedures for Surf City’s 7 bathing beaches, the fishing/bathing beach, and the bay beach.  The plan is approved by the United States Lifeguarding Association (USLA) and the Long Beach Township Health Department

 

Where are the Beach Lifeguard Stands Located in Surf City?

Assuming a full compliment of lifeguards, lifeguards stands will be located approximately at S2nd Street, Division, N2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, and 24th.  The precise location of the guarded beach may change from year-to-year or even week-to-week depending on surf condition and most notably the location of sandbars.  In addition at times there may be two separate bathing areas on a beach instead of one large bathing area if there is a rip current in the middle of the swimming area.

 

Why is there only One Lifeguard Stand on my beach sometimes?

Unfortunately there are times when the lifeguards are not available due to school at the beginning and end of the season, sports camps, illness, family vacation, etc...  When this happens beaches that generally have two stands are reduced to one stand.  The least populated beaches with the least dangerous surf conditions are reduced to one stand first. 

 

When are the Lifeguards on Duty?

 

Can I walk on the Jetty?

No.  No one is allowed on the jetty.  The jetties (rock groins actually) are generally covered with very slick algae, it's very easy to slip and fall.

 

What does the Lifeguard's Whistle Mean?

The Lifeguard uses the whistle to get the attention of bathers.  Usually this is to signal the bather to move into the guarded area, or to exit the water and walk back into the guarded area.  One or two short blasts means the action is not serious, long sustained blasts indicate a serious problem.  Please follow the direction of the lifeguard.

 

Can I Surf in Surf City?

Yes, you may surf outside of the flags on any beach in Surf City.  Keep in mind that your surfboard must have a leash and you must use it.

 

What are the Flags For?

 

Can I use my Kayak or Personal Watercraft in Surf City?

No kayaks or other watercraft may be launched off of any Surf City beach during normal operating hours of 10:00AM-5:00PM.  This includes kayaks, sailboats, jet skis, and any other craft not mentioned above.  Ordinance No. 90-14 Section 15.1

 

Can I Scuba Dive or Spearfish in Surf City?

No Scuba diving or spearfishing is permitted in Surf City between the hours of 10:00AM and 5:00PM.

 

Where can I Surf Fish in Surf City?

Fishing and only fishing is permitted from the North side of the 23rd Street jetty to the 24th Street lifeguard station South flag while the lifeguards are on duty.  The lifeguard will position the flag according to the number of fisherman, bathers, and any other factors that may affect beach operation. 

 

 

 

 

What is the definition of a Boogie Board vs. a Surfboard?

For the purposes of defining what is permitted and not permitted on the bathing beaches and surfing beach the following define boogie boards vs. surfboards.

While boogie boards are soft boards that may contain fins, only soft boogie boards without fins are permitted in the swimming areas on the bathing beaches.

A surf board is any board hard or soft that contains a fin and is meant to be stood on when riding.  Surfboards may only be used in the surfing area on the surfing beach.

 

Where is the Bay Beach in Surf City?

Staff permitting, there shall be one (1) lifeguard in each bay beach lifeguard station at all times.  No bathing shall be permitted outside of the fence perimeter.

 

 

 

 

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