Beach Patrol FAQs
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Am I permitted to walk my dog on the beach?

Dogs are allowed on the beach between September 30th and May 1st.  They are not permitted on the beach during the summer months.

Where can I barbeque on the beach?

No type of cooking, including barbequing, is permitted on the beach.

Must I swim in front of the lifeguard?

Yes, Sea Isle City Beach Patrol practices preventive lifeguarding techniques.  Guards are aware of ocean hazards such as rip currents, inshore holes, and lateral currents.  This awareness enables guards to keep bathers away from these hazards and safe.  Never enter the water when lifeguards are not present.

Where can I buy beach tags?

Beach tags can be purchased from beach tag inspectors on the beach, from the beach tag office located inside the Welcome Center at 300 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, or the beach tag vending machine situated inside the City Hall Lobby at 233 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

When are the lifeguards on duty?

Guards are present between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Hours of operation are extended to 5:30 PM on weekends.

Is smoking allowed on the beach?

Smoking of tobacco and vaping are never permitted on the beach.

Am I permitted to drink alcoholic beverages on the beach?

The consumption of alcohol on the beach is never permitted.

Are there any restrictions regarding tents on the beach?

Presently there are no restrictions, however, we ask that you realize oversized tents can often be offensive to neighboring beach patrons.  Please be considerate when pitching your tent.  Tents cannot remain on the beach overnight.

How do I get a beach wheelchair?

Call the Recreation Department at 609-263-1013 to reserve a chair.

What do rip currents look like?

Rip currents have a variety of appearances, but always look different than surrounding surf.  They may look choppier than the surrounding surf and cause incoming waves to flatten out.            Often rip currents will be of a muddy color due to the bottom sand they pick up as they rush out to sea.  Foam and sediment are frequently seen in the water of a rip current being transported away from the shore line.

What causes rip currents?

The formation of a rip current is the result of a series of waves rushing up a sloping beach.  Wave water will seek a low point (area of least resistance) on the ocean’s floor to return to sea.  If it finds a low point, the water will rush to that point and return to sea (in that concentrated area) at a greater speed and volume then wave water that does not find a low point.  The rushing water cuts a channel in the ocean’s floor and an outgoing current results.