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Rehoboth Beach Patrol keeps you safe on the beach all summer long

Alissa Rosenstein - Thursday, July 07, 2016
Rehoboth Beach Patrol keeps you safe on the beach all summer long

Okay, so you’ve got your bathing suit, sunscreen, flip-flops and a good book packed and you are ready to head out to the beach. Sunning, swimming, boogie boarding and body surfing await! But while you are enjoying a carefree day of beaching, don’t forget the people that work hard every day to make sure you stay safe while you are out on the water.

The Rehoboth Beach Patrol (RBP), established in 1921, is considered one of the nation’s leading beach patrols. RBP boasts over 90 years of excellence in safety, a strong history in lifeguard competition achievements, and a fully operational Emergency Medical Unit. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays) and to 5:30 p.m. (weekends and holidays). Stands are positioned throughout the beach with two lifeguards assigned to each stand.

It’s obvious that you don’t want to forgo safety while you are having fun in the sun. Follow these beach safety tips to ensure that you and your family remain safe in and out of the water during your vacation.

WATER SAFETY: No matter what your skills are, swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach and within the designated swimming area. Rip currents are common dangers in our waters. Check out some tips on how to handle them. Be aware of high surf, shore breaks, jetties and jellyfish. And it goes without saying – obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.

SUN SAFETY: Water safety isn’t the only concern. The sun’s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and continuously throughout the day (every two hours is recommended). And don’t forget to wear your sunglasses and wide brimmed hat - you’ll look stylish AND be protected!

You work hard all year to come to Rehoboth Beach for a great vacation so heed these basic safety precautions to stay out of harm's way.

*Swim near a lifeguard

*Never swim alone

*Don’t dive into unknown water or into shallow breaking waves

*Ask a lifeguard about beach and surf conditions before swimming

*If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, signal for help

*Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device

*Look for, read and obey all beach signs, symbols and regulations

*When in doubt, just stay out!

Ongoing summer events you don't want to miss

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Ongoing summer events you don't want to miss

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

This is it! We made it! School’s out, the summer solstice is only days away, vacation season is here, and so begins the plethora of fun summertime events that make beach visits so memorable. Weekly concerts, tours, movies and bonfires on the beach, farmers’ markets – here is a list of some of our favorite beach activities that go on all summer long:

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Summer Concert Series: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., through August. 1 Rehoboth Ave. Watch acts that range from local favorites to cover and tribute bands to military ensembles and orchestras as well as family-friendly entertainment including movies and variety acts. 

Lewes Weekly Concerts: Tuesday, 7 p.m., through August 30. Stango Park, Lewes. A diverse music lineup is being offered from country bluegrass, RB/hip hop, classic rock, big band and more. A family friendly event, all are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and their dancing shoes. 

Movies and Bonfires on the Beach: Monday (movies), Tuesday and Wednesday (bonfire), through Labor Day, Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, Dagsworthy Street. Movies: Monday, June 13 - August 29, 8:30 p.m. Bonfires: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14 - August 31, 7-9 p.m. 

Dolphin Watch: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., through mid-August. Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes. Discover why the bottle-nosed dolphin swims off our beaches, and then search for them from our shore overlook. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 20. Pre-registration required. 

Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre: Various Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 28 – August 25. Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. This is the theatre’s 35th season of family theatre fun! Children’s summer camps also offered. 

Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market: Tuesday, 12-4 p.m., through September. Grove Park, Rehoboth Beach. The market’s 25 vendors sell vegetables, fruit, cheese, meat, seafood, prepared food, baked goods, plants and cut flowers. There are weekly events such as chef demos, music, and a green tent that will educate consumers on conservation and green energy. 

Cape Water Tours and Taxi: Various days and tours. Experience panoramic views of shorelines, wonderfully lush landscape of grassy marshlands, local water and bird life, and the rich history of what was once a major shipping canal for transporting crops and commodities up and down the rivers to major ports such as Philadelphia and Wilmington. 

Rehoboth Beach Museum Jolly Trolley and Walking Tours: Various dates through October, 9 a.m. Jolly Trolley History Tours, usually on Thursdays, feature narrated tours of the downtown area. The cost is $10 and tours start at 9 a.m. at the Anna Hazzard Tent House, 17 Christian Street. Downtown Walking Tours are a gentle 45-minute stroll where you’ll learn about the fascinating history of our beautiful city by the sea. The cost is $10 and tours start at 9 a.m. at the bandstand at Rehoboth Avenue and the boardwalk. Reservations are a must for both. 

We’re happy and we know it!

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
We’re happy and we know it!

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

You voted and the results are in! Rehoboth Beach made Coastal Living Magazine’s 2016 top ten list of happiest seaside towns in America. While we just missed the top spot, our second place finish is certainly nothing to cry over - we ARE happy here after all! We’re super excited and not at all surprised that we fared so well against other coastal towns from all over the nation – including contenders from the east coast, west coast, gulf coast, great lakes region, and Hawaii!

Rehoboth Beach is no stranger to top ten lists – making the ranks over the years for best, coolest, cleanest, family-friendliest, bike-friendliest, retiree-friendliest, etc. (You get the picture here, right?) We’ve also been recognized for our boardwalk, festivals, farmers’ markets, and water quality. Is there any category we can’t top? That's a big ol' heck to the NO!

So with another summer season just around the corner, don’t hesitate one more minute. Be a part of the happiness that makes Rehoboth Beach such a kudos-winning vacation destination. Make plans today for your next blissful visit and share in the joy!

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