|Title||Worldwide Dangerous Beaches Survey|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||1997|
|Conference Name||International Medical-Rescue Conference|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||San Diego, California, USA|
Wind-driven waves acting on sand, rock and coral coasts create and maintain ocean beaches. Dotting the world’s some 600,000 kms (375,000 mi) of coastline are many hundreds of thousands of beaches (Roeland Hillen 1993; Schwartz 1982).
Depending on beach geography and geology, swell direction, wave characteristics, tides, marine life, time of year, weather, winds, and many more variables, many of these beaches may present a low risk to human safety, others may be high risk, and a small percentage may be outright dangerous.