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Tarague Beach: new ‘swim at your own risk’ policy in effect

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  • By 36th Wing Public Affairs
A new "swim at your own risk" policy is now in effect at Tarague Beach here.

Life guards will no longer be on duty at the beach, allowing water entry to swimmers seven days a week, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

"This new policy enhances your availability to a tremendous resource we have on Andersen Air Force Base," said Col. Brian Hinsvark, 36 Force Support Squadron commander. "This change requires our patrons to exercise responsibility and it is critical that all visitors to Tarague Beach follow conspicuously posted directives."

Water entry at Tarague Beach is still only permitted within the buoyed area and a buddy system will be strictly enforced. The buddy "wingman" system requires a minimum of two or more responsible individuals to be present before anyone enters the water.

"Never enter the water or swim alone, safety is our primary concern," Colonel Hinsvark said. "And never swim after drinking."

Swimmers should check to ensure the Tarague emergency phone, located on a yellow pole close to the concrete beach building, is working before they enter the water.

Patrons are also asked to pay attention to the color coded warning signs providing water condition information, such as high surf or jellyfish warnings. During dangerous conditions, a NO SWIMMING sign will be posted and water entry is prohibited.

"We ask your assistance in enforcing safety; you may save a life," the colonel concluded.

Immediately report any infractions to Security Forces at 366-2910 or the Outdoor Recreation office at 366-5197.