The State of Rhode Island has over 400 miles of coastline. During the summer months some of our beaches may see 10,000 visitors in a single day. In order to keep our beaches clean and safe it is important for you and your family to do your part in eliminating pollution and preventing illness.
The Beach Monitoring Program oversees water quality testing at public beaches during the summer months to make sure the water is safe for swimming.
Too much sun can cause painful burning and increase the risk of skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen product with both UVB and UVA protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen liberally at least 20 minutes before going into the sun, and reapply generously after swimming and throughout the day. Sunscreen is most effective when left on the surface of the skin; Do NOT rub it in thoroughly. Note that you should not use sunscreen on babies under age 6 months.
"Swimmer's Itch" is a skin reaction caused by an allergic reaction to a parasite. To avoid a reaction towel dry vigorously as soon as you get out and shower as soon as you can. Treatment may include the use of antihistamines. Check with your healthcare provider if itching persists. more
Despite best efforts to monitor water quality and close beaches, people can get intestinal infections after being exposed to contaminated water. more Let us know if that happens to you so we can investigate and close the beach if appropriate.
The use of swim diapers and swim pants may give many parents and pool staff a false sense of security regarding fecal contamination. Check your toddlers diapers regularly and change them if needed. Dispose of soiled diapers in the trash. more
Remember to scoop the poop and dispose of it properly—at home and in the community. Pet waste can pollute beaches and cause illness. more
Follow local rules for pets at the beach. State beaches do not allow dogs during the on-season from April 1 to September 30. more Town beach rules may vary, but they are generally posted at the beach.
Follow the leash laws for your city or town, and always keep your dog on a leash at state parks and beaches. more
If the water looks scummy, don't go in as it may be polluted with harmful algae. more