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 Lifeguard looking out at the Ocean

Fort 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. 

Lifeguard towers 1-20 are staffed 365 days a year, as follows:

Spring/Summer:  9:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fall/Winter:  9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.