A High Surf Advisory has been issued for Central Coast beaches, from San Luis Obispo to Ventura, through Friday morning. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) urges Californians to use caution and follow the below ocean safety tips.
A High Surf Advisory warns coastal communities and beachgoers that large ocean waves and dangerous swimming and surf conditions are expected.
The advisory is effective through 2 a.m. on Friday, December 8 in Ventura County and through 3 a.m. on Friday, December 8 in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Californians and visitors should not visit the beach and ocean in affected areas during this time.
Advisory areas include beaches in Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
With the high surf, there is an increased risk for rip currents and drowning. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea, while large breaking waves can cause injury to beachgoers onshore and capsize small boats.
Ocean Safety Tips
- When in doubt, don’t go in.
- Keep children within easy reach.
- Be aware of changing tides and weather conditions.
- Watch for unexpected large waves.
- Be aware of floating debris.
Rip currents are the number one risk at most beaches. If caught in a rip current:
- Stay calm, don’t fight the current.
- Swim out of the current parallel to the shore. Once out of the current, swim back to shore.
- If you can’t escape, float or tread water.
- Call or wave for assistance.
Stay up to date on the forecast from the National Weather Service.