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Swimming at the beach
The beaches of the Kāpiti Coast are generally very safe for swimming, but it's good to check the surf patrols and recreational water quality before heading out. With golden sands and gentle surf, our beaches are stunning place for a whānau day out.
Swimming and bodysurfing are the only activities permitted between the flags.
We regularly monitor our beaches in partnership with Greater Wellington.
The cleanliness of our Kāpiti water is generally safe for swimming and other water-based recreational activities, but we recommend regularly checking if it's safe to swim on the interactive map on LAWA's website.
It's always a good idea to wait 48 hours after heavy rain before you swim again. You can find more information at Recreational water quality.
It's hard for boaties to see heads bobbing in the waves as they're launching and landing their boats, so make sure your swimming spot is well clear of our designated boat launching zones.
Greater Wellington's Wellington Regional Navigation Safety Bylaws 2021 require swimmers to be at least 50 metres away from any boat ramp or designated boat launching area (see 2.2 of the bylaws). You can see where the boat launching zones are on our Access ways and driving zones on the beach foreshore map.
We'd hate for anyone to get hurt, so take care, and stay aware of vehicles and boats using the launching areas and boat ramps!
When swimming at our beaches, remember:
- check www.lawa.org.nz for the latest water quality alerts
- don't swim at stream- and river-mouths during hot summer months
- keep out of any water that's murky or smells unpleasant
- avoid swimming near stormwater outlets on our beaches, or other possible sources of contamination
- check for hazards such as strong currents, tidal rips, or steep drop offs
- know your limits, and never swim alone
- always keep small children within arm’s length.