Ryan Haley, realtor and owner of Atlantic Shores Sotheby’s International Realty, talks to Ocean City Beach Patrol Sergeant Jason Konyar to find out more about the Beach Patrol and how visitors can stay safe while visiting the Ocean City beaches.
Having worked at the Beach Patrol for 20 years, Jason encourages visitors to Ocean City to talk to their lifeguards as they know all about the beach and even local restaurants. Jason wants people to know that lifeguards love it when people go talk to them so that they can advise them about the current conditions of the ocean throughout the day.
“We love that families ask their little children to go to a lifeguard and speak to a lifeguard about the current conditions because these conditions change, and they change throughout the day,” Jason says.
“Any time we have people come to a lifeguard, we enjoy that.”
As for surfing, Jason noted that Ocean City has a big surfing community, and each year, the city council decides on the surfing schedule for the beaches.
There is a regular surfing area at the inlet beach downtown, open from Monday to Friday. On the weekends, there is no surfing as there are too many people at the beach. Other than the inlet surfing area, there is a rotating surf beach from Monday to Friday, where the surfing area moves south every day. In case there is a storm coming and there won’t be too many people swimming, the beach will be open for people to surf anywhere.
Jason reiterates that the Beach Patrol keeps its services to a high standard to keep visitors at Ocean City safe.
“Keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard’s in the stand!”