City of Fort Lauderdale - Ocean Rescue
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America

Ocean Rescue

Committed to Ensuring Public Safety on Fort Lauderdale Beach

Lifeguard TowerFort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue is committed to helping you have a safe and enjoyable visit at our world-famous beach.

Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue supervises three miles of continuous public beach from the South Beach Picnic Area up to and including the beach in front of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. In the guarded areas of the beach, there are 20 year-round, permanently staffed lifeguard towers spaced between 200 and 400 yards apart. There are also as many as 10 temporary-auxiliary stands that are used during the peak season, special events and holidays. The lifeguard towers are staffed from 9:45 am to 5:00 pm daily.

In the lifeguard-supervised areas of Fort Lauderdale Beach, drowning is rare. Most water-related fatalities occur in unsupervised waters distant from lifeguard towers.

Accident prevention is the key to your safety. This web site will help you become “Ocean Smart” with important tips that experienced ocean swimmers as well as leisurely beachgoers need to know.

You will also learn about Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue, proudly serving Greater Fort Lauderdale and our visitors since 1926.

Fort Lauderdale Beach Conditions



Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8:45 A.M.

Weather Forecast:

Partly cloudy. 60% chance of precipitation. Air temperatures will range from 78-85 degrees. Winds will be SE 5-10 mph.

Current Weather:

Partly cloudy with ESE wind @ 5 mph. Air temperature of 78 degrees.

Marine Forecast:

SE winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet or less along the coast. Intracoastal waters flat.

Ocean Water Conditions:

Moderate chop.

Intracoastal Water Conditions:

Intracoastal waters a calm/light chop in the morning.

Air Temperature:

The air temperature will range today from 78-85 degrees.

Water Temperature (Ocean):

83 degrees.

High Tide:

7:45 AM

Low Tide:

1:51 PM

Wind Direction/Speed:

Winds will be variable in the morning at 5-10 mph, then ESE 5-10 mph by the afternoon.

Sea Pests:

None at this time

Current Warning Flags:

Green flags. Please consult your lifeguard on duty before deciding whether to enter the ocean today. Have a safe day and thank you for visiting our webpage.

Please remember that the beach is an alcohol-free area for your safety and enjoyment. Ocean conditions can change quickly. Check with the lifeguard on duty if you are unsure of safe conditions. Swim only in front of a lifeguard-protected area; the ocean is always potentially hazardous.

Thank you for visiting our page and have a safe day!

  • You can also call the Beach Conditions Hotline anytime at 954-828-4597 (updated daily).
  • See the Fort Lauderdale Beach Live Beach Webcams (courtesy of

Beach Warning Flag Meanings

Green Flag - Low Hazard

GREEN FLAGS - Low Hazard: Conditions are calm; normal care and caution should be exercised.

Yellow Flag - Moderately Hazardous

YELLOW FLAGS - Moderately Hazardous Conditions: Moderate currents and/or surf are present; use extra care.

Red Flag - Very Hazardous

RED FLAGS - Very Hazardous Conditions: Rough surf and/or strong currents exist; swimmers are strongly discouraged from entering the water.

Double Red Flag - Beach Closed
Double Red Flag - Beach Closed

DOUBLE RED FLAGS - Closed to the Public: The water and/or beach are closed to the public due to severe currents and/or surf, water pollution, the threat of lightning, or the presence of predatory fish.

Purple Flag - Marine Pests

PURPLE FLAGS - Marine Pests: Jellyfish, man-of-wars, and/or sea lice are present. This flag may be flown along with any of the other flags.

Paddleboard Safety

Did you know the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has determined that a paddleboard is a vessel in most situations and is required to have the same safety equipment as other small human-powered vessels (canoes/kayaks)?

Tide Table

The tide table for the current month is available online.

City Hall · 100 N. Andrews Avenue · Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 · 954-828-5000