Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Water Safety

kayakers on a river

With coastlines on major bodies of water, recreation in Maryland often means time spent swimming, boating, fishing, and enjoying access to the natural resources of the Chesapeake and Maryland’s coastal waters. These activities offer significant pastimes for many citizens and shape Bay culture. 

Of course, water-based recreation holds potential dangers. Working with our many partners, Maryland Sea Grant offers crucial information to help people enjoy the state’s waters in the safest ways possible.

Learn more about:

  • Rip currents in the Atlantic Ocean and efforts to keep swimmers safe from these dangerous underwater hazards
  • Boating safety for recreational boaters and fishermen
  • Lightning dangers aboard ships and what steps to take during a storm
  • Avoiding collisions with big ships that navigate the Bay’s shipping channels