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Lifeguards are on duty from eight in the morning until about five thirty in the evening, at all county and state beach parks. The other beaches have no lifeguards. The lifeguards are trained professionals and are certified to be “first responders” in case of emergencies both in the water and on the beach. Accidents and emergency situation can happen in either place, so lifeguards are trained to handle a multitude of potential problems. The lifeguards sit in lifeguard towers while they watch their surroundings for any dangerous situations.
The Island of Maui offers several safety tips for both residents and tourists who are not used to spending much time so close to a large body of water or a beach. First, it’s important to only swim in areas where lifeguards are present, and swimming alone is never recommended. There are also many signs that may be posted on the beaches which can alert beach-users of potential hazards including: strong currents, shark sightings, jelly fish, a sudden drop-off, and sharp coral in the area.
As most water-wise people know, never turn your back on the ocean. When in doubt, don't go out.