Ocean Safety Officers (OSO), or lifeguards, are on duty every day from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
part of the island-wide 9-1-1 Emergency System, all OSO are trained
above and beyond Unites States Lifesaving Association (USLA) certification and all are certified in American Heart Association (AHA) CPR for Health Care Provider and Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). Each OSO is skilled in rescue techniques using equipment
such as rescue boards, tubes and fins, jet skis, four-wheel drive ATV's,
and first aid supplies.
- South Side: Kamaole 1, 2, 3 Beach Parks,
Makena State Park (a.k.a. Big Beach)
- West Side: Hanakao'o Beach (a.k.a. Canoe Beach, DT Flemming Beach Park
- North Shore: Kanaha Beach Park, HA Baldwin Beach Park, and Ho'okipa Beach Park
- East Side: Hana Bay (Fridays during Summer and Winter Pals Program days only)
- If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, signal for help
- Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device
- Look for, read, and obey all beach and safety signs
- Protect the environment. Refrain from touching all reefs. Help keep the beaches clean and Hawaii beautiful.
- If in doubt, don't go out!
- Swim in life guarded areas
- Never swim alone
- Do not dive into unknown water or into shallow breaking waves
- Do not attempt to dive over large waves
- Ask a lifeguard about beach and surf safety before swimming
Ocean Safety Brochures
The Official County of Maui Ocean Safety Guide
contains important information on rip currents, waves, sharks and a map of Maui's lifeguarded beaches.
Review a list of important
"Swim Safe" Shark Tips: Safety tips
for swimmers, snorkelers, surfers, standup paddlers, divers and
Ocean Safety Video