Here, from the nation's most renowned beach expert, is the first complete guide to beach safety. Stephen P. Leatherman (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) introduces the gamut of beach hazards-from sharks to rip currents to jellyfish-revealing which dangers should be of greatest concern and how best to minimize their risks. His scientifically sound advice, interspersed with fascinating facts and anecdotes, makes this book a perfect reference for the millions of travelers and vacationers who visit the ocean shore every year. Practical answers to these intriguing questions and more: * Which U.S. beach records the most shark attacks each year? * Which species of shark is the most dangerous to people? * Why are rip currents the most deadly beach threat? * How can rips be avoided? * What should you do if caught in a rip? * Can lightning strikes at the beach be predicted? * Is a stingray dangerous? * When is ocean water pollution likely to be worst? * What types of waves are threatening and how can they be detected? * What is the danger of a red tide? * How can swimmers avoid contact with jellyfish?