Has there been heavy rain in the last 24 to 48 hours?
If yes, bacterial levels will be higher and swimming is not recommended.
Are the waves and currents safe?
Rip currents, undertows and heavy wave action increase risk to swimmers. Signs, websites, written material, etc., may give more information and indicate the presence of these risks
Is the water cloudy?
If you can’t see your feet at adult's waist depth, bacterial levels may be higher and swimming is not recommended.
Are there any other problems with the beach?
Large numbers of waterfowl, dead fish, algae/scum, dangerous debris, Municipal or Health Unit warnings/postings all indicate increased health risk.