The number 1 safety tip concerns ocean safety:  pay attention to Flag Conditions posted on the lifeguard stands.  Lifeguards post a red flag to warn when the ocean water is dangerous. Take them seriously!  Tourists from land-locked regions are particularly susceptible to the allure of the waves. However, a calm ocean can become hazardous without warning.  Make sure you swim near a lifeguard. The facts say if you swim near a lifeguard at the beach is 1 in 1,000,000 (does what now?) (.0000055%). Swimming without lifeguard protection is almost five times as great as drowning at a beach with lifeguards. Never swim alone. Many drownings involve single swimmers. When you swim with someone else, if one of you has a problem, the other may be able to get help, including signaling for assistance from others. Don't fight the current. The facts show that some 80% of rescues by lifeguards at ocean beaches are caused by currents. These currents are formed by surf and gravity, because once surf pushes water up the slope of a beach, gravity pulls it back. This can create concentrated rivers of water moving offshore. If you are caught in a rip current, don't fight it by trying to swim directly to shore. Instead, swim parallel to shore until you feel the current relax, then swim to shore. Most rip currents are narrow and a short swim parallel to shore will help you bring you to safety.


Yes, smoking in a restaurant is still legal in the state of Virginia however, there are some restaurants in VA Beach who have decided to go SMOKE-FREE - YEAH!  They are (to date 11 March 2007):  Beach Pub (Laskin Road at the Oceanfront), Croakers and Hells Kitchen (Chicks Beach), Big Sam's, Rudee's, Rockafeller's (Rudee's Inlet) and Waterman's (lower end of Virginia Beach boardwalk).  There are some restaurants in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Hampton which are also smoke-free.