Lifeguard Roving Patrol. Contributed photo

Ocean Safety officials implemented extended hours for its lifeguard patrol services islandwide since last Thursday, Aug. 1, according to County of Kaua‘i news release.

The new service hours for the Kaua‘i Fire Department’s Ocean Safety Bureau Roving Patrol Units are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.

Service hours at all lifeguard towers remain unchanged, and stationed personnel continues to monitor guarded beaches from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

“OSB’s Roving Patrol Units are essential for our ocean safety efforts, as they provide coverage for busy beaches that don’t have a stationed lifeguard tower,” OSB Chief Kalani Vierra said. “Extending our roving patrol service hours will be a one-year pilot program meant to provide additional support for our existing efforts to promote ocean safety messages, prevent ocean-related incidents, and respond quickly to incidents-in-progress.”

OSB’s Roving Patrol Units consist of three to four highly trained lifeguards who cover the primary beaches in the following districts:

  • South: Kekaha to Maha‘ulepu;
  • East: Kalapakī to Rock Quarry; and
  • North: Rock Quarry to Kē‘ē.

Additional Roving Units are dispatched to other areas of concern as needed.

While Ocean Safety officials recommend swimming only at lifeguarded areas, they offer the following tips for all beachgoers:

  1. Use the buddy system.
  2. Check for the latest ocean conditions at
  3. Before entering the water, observe the ocean conditions for at least 20 minutes. Take special note of any dangerous shore break or rip currents.
  4. Observe for any warnings or signs posted in the general area.
  5. Always have an emergency action plan.

“Wherever you plan to enjoy the ocean, always remember to know your limits, know the conditions, and when in doubt, don’t go out,” said Vierra.

For updated information about ocean conditions, speak to a county lifeguard, log onto, or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-4984.


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