Before You Go To The Beach
Before you leave for the beach, check the official national weather service and surf zone forecasts and/or beach advisories and closings so you are prepared beforehand. https://www.weather.gov/
Can You Swim? Honestly
Swimming in a pool is NOT the same as swimming at a beach with crashing waves, winds, and dangerous currents. Changing ocean currents and winds can quickly exhaust your energy and strength. Beware of brutal beach conditions before you go into the water.