Worldwide Dangerous Beaches Survey

TitleWorldwide Dangerous Beaches Survey
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsNietschmann, BQ
Conference NameInternational Medical-Rescue Conference
Date Published09/1997
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationSan Diego, California, USA
Call Number23
Other Numbers175

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.