BERKELEY – Summer isn’t over yet! Island Beach State Park will still have lifeguards on duty during weekends in September, according to the State Park Service.
For those who wish to get the most out of the final days of summer, IBSP will keep lifeguards on duty only in Swimming Area 1 each weekend, September 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30. Beach hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Other beaches will be accessible; however swimming is restricted to beaches with a lifeguard on duty. Keep in mind: rip currents remain a danger to swimmers.
The State Park Service provides these safety tips:
- Read the signs at the beaches about the dangers of rip currents.
- If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the beach until you are out of the current, then swim to shore.
- If you can’t make it to the shore, wave and call for help.
- If you see someone in trouble in a rip current, get help from a lifeguard and/or call 9-1-1.
For more information, visit nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/island.html.