Hilton Head Beach Rules & Regulations
All violations of beach regulations can result up to fines of $500 per each offense. Respect the beautiful wildlife, and leave only your footprints when you go.
- Alcohol of any kind (beer, wine, etc.)
- Disorderly conduct
- Disturbing the peace
- Unauthorized vehicles
- Shark fishin
- Fires and fireworks
- Harassing, harming, or removing of any live beach life (sand dollars, starfish conch shells, sea turtles, coral, etc.)
- Damage to dunes
- Sleeping on the beach between midnight and 6am
- Distribution of handouts
- Kites not under manual control
- Stunt kites 10am-6pm April 1 through September 30
- Unauthorized wearing of lifeguard logos
- Launching, landing, or operating unauthorized motorized watercrafts
in Designated Swimming Areas, in protection of swimmers and sunbathers, between 10am-6pm April 1 through September 30:
- Fishing or surfcasting
- Team Sports involving a ball
- Games with metal items
ANIMAL RULES ON THE BEACH
- Must remove and dispose of animal excrement
- Must be on a leash or under positive voice control at all times
- Protect your skin with sunscreen and reapply at least every two hours, but if you are more prone to burning or in the water a lot, reapply more often.
- Drink lots of water as your body needs to stay cool in the hot sun and drink water even if you are not thirsty. Thirst is the first sign of dehydration and being in the sun especially during the hottest part of the day can cause dehydration faster.
- Watch for signs of heat stroke that often comes when one is dehydrated and in the sun for extended periods of time. When sweating does not help cool the body anymore the body’s temperature rises and one may feel faint, have a rapid pulse, feel hot, skin flushed red, and more. Should this arise call 911 and move the person to a cool place, wrap them in wet sheets, towels, or place ice packs on their wrists, ankles, armpits, and neck to cool them down. Keep watch on their breathing and do not let anything block the airway, keep them lying down out of the sun.
- Just as you put sunscreen on your skin putting sunglasses on is protecting your eyes from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
- Make sure to wear appropriate foot protection as many times the sand can be extremely hot and can burn your feet. Beyond just the hot sand there is glass, shells, or sticks that can cut you as well as the occasional crab.
OCEAN SAFETY TIPS
- Never swim alone.
- Learn to swim no matter how old you are as it could save your life or someone else’s.
- Make sure you can always see the lifeguard and stay in designated swimming areas.
- Always check the water conditions at the lifeguard post incase rip tides are high or stingrays or jellyfish are in the area. It is better to be prepared than find out the hard way.
- Don’t swim against a current but swim across it.
- Make sure to always have enough energy to make it back to land in any case.
FIRST AID TIPS FOR THE BEACH
- Sunburn: Soak under cool water most likely in a shower or tub. Aloe can often help heal and provide anti-inflammatory taking Ibuprofen can help too.
- Bee Sting: First and formost if allergic seek medical help immediately, if not apply baking soda paste and ice.
- Jellyfish Sting: Try to remove any remaining barbs then rise with vinegar, apply dry sand, or put under hot water.
- Snake bites: Use a compression dressing just above site. Seek medical help immediately and if you can remember the type of snake or at least the markings will help with treatment.
- Alligators: Stay away from them as they can both run and swim very fast but if you do get bitten call 911.
- Sting Ray: Rinse with water and apply heat to neutralize sting, in any case seek medical attention immediately.
- Crab bites: Rise out well, clean out wound, and apply an antibiotic ointment as you can get infections from them. Depending on severity may need stiches that would require seeking medical help.
AS ALWAYS BE SMART AND CALL 911 IF NEW SYMPTOMS ARISE OR THE SITUATION WORSENS RAPIDLY.