Safe swimming

The sun is shining, and the swimming season is in full swing. Is there anything better than cooling off in the cool water? If people obey a few simple rules and the instructions from the lifeguards on site, swimming in the Baltic will be a fun, unique experience and a real pleasure.

Water rescue service Warnemünde

Water rescue service

The Warnemünde and Markgrafenheide beaches are supervised by lifeguards from the DRK’s Wasserwacht in the season from 15 May to 15 September. A number of the lifeguards seeing to the safety of the swimmers here are volunteers.

On certain days in the summer, the lifeguards tell any interested children about the rules for swimming. “Rette sich wer’s kann” – “Every man for himself” – is the name of the campaign day being run by the DRK’s Wasserwacht and the tourism centre.

Danger zones

It is forbidden to set foot on or swim by the Warnemünde Westmole pier! Strong undercurrents can be extremely dangerous here, and there is a risk of injury on the rocks. The currents are the result of onshore winds blowing through the sand banks, the groynes and piers. They cannot be seen with the naked eye! So, please don’t swim near the Westmole pier (beach section 1).

Westmole pier

It is forbidden to set foot on or swim by the Warnemünde Westmole pier! Strong undercurrents can be extremely dangerous here, and there is a risk of injury on the rocks. The currents are the result of onshore winds blowing through the sand banks, the groynes and piers. They cannot be seen with the naked eye! So, please don’t swim near the Westmole pier (beach section 1).

Westmole danger zone
Groynes on the beach

Groynes

The groynes at the beach may be slippery or covered by sharp mussels. For this reason, setting foot on the groynes is discouraged. Furthermore, there are often shallow waters next to the groynes which are dangerous for non-swimmers.

Seagulls

Seagulls have become increasingly used to humans and will no longer shy away from snatching food from people’s hands. This presents an injury risk! Feeding the seagulls is therefore forbidden at the Warnemünde seaside resort.

Ban on feeding the seagulls

Gull on the Alter Strom in Warnemünde
Wassersport in Warnemünde

Water sports areas

Some parts of the beach are used by water sports enthusiasts for entering and exiting the water. These areas are marked with black and white flags. Swimming here is not allowed.