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Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of these beach safety displays along Kauai’s shorelines. The Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club has one fronting its property on the south side of the island.
The display board is meant to inform beach-goers of possible dangers, including safety tips and advice should a swimmer get caught in a rip current. The bright orange arrows show the direction of possible rips, which could likely suck someone out to sea. I don’t think these should replace lifeguards. Instead, the signs should just be looked at for guidance.
According to a Garden Isle report, two beach safety displays will also be installed at Kalapaki Beach. Every day, tourists crowd this popular Lihue hang out for kayaking, snorkeling or just lounging on the shore. There’s a definite need for ocean and beach safety education at this particular spot.
We can thank the wonderful efforts put forth by island first responders, community groups and hotel management. In addition to the signs, they’re also responsible for the ocean safety video that play at Kauai’s airport. They’ve taken action from the very beginning to spread knowledge and awareness to our visitors. Mahalo to them for their hard work and persistence.