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By Nate Bright

Costa Ballena - The Safest Beaches in Costa Rica

Lifeguards #puravida #costaballenalovers #osa #travel

It’s a bold statement, but it IS achievable.

The Costa Ballena region is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Playa Dominical and Playa Hermosa are two of the most popular because they are easy to access, they are unencumbered by large private resorts, and stretch for miles along the coast. Tourists come from all over the world to swim, surf, boogie board, kayak, snorkel and SUP. The beaches are filled every holiday with local families enjoying some fun in the sun or just relaxing in the shade of an almond or coconut tree and watching the tides come and go.

BT41 Salvavidas Playa Hermosa #puravida #costaballenalovers #osa #travelAll this natural beauty and activity comes with danger as well. The Costa Ballena Lifeguards committee reports that the lifeguards at Playa Hermosa frequently rescue people caught in a rip current which can be deadly even for experienced swimmers. The average is at least one rescue per week, as well as dozens of warnings to beach-goers who are engaged in risky activity.

The rip currents at Playa Dominical can be even more dangerous because of the seasonally changing river mouth of the Rio Baru and generally larger surf swells. For the last several years, the lifeguard towers in Dominical have only been manned at times by volunteers, and tragically, there have been several drownings. Without the volunteers, this could have been much worse.

Paid, certified lifeguards save lives! The cost to operate a lifeguard tower, with 2 certified lifeguards 6 days a week, is roughly $20,000 per year per beach. Unfortunately, the local municipality and Costa Rican government are not able to contribute to this operating cost at this time, although they are starting to show interest.

The Costa Ballena Lifeguard committee recently started hosting monthly parties to raise the funds needed to continue the program at Hermosa and re-open the tower in Dominical. With the help of local business sponsors and donations from committed community members, the lifeguards are back on the beach every weekend in Dominical!

It is a great start, but there is still much more work to do. As more funds are raised, and more monthly commitments are confirmed, the committee will be able to expand the program in Dominical to full operation once again, as well as continue saving lives at Playa Hermosa.

Check the Ballena Tales events calendar to find out where and when the next Lifeguard Party is being held - come out and enjoy live music, drink specials and help us save lives!

You can also make secure, monthly donations through the Paypal link below.

CONTRIBUTE WITH THE COSTA BALLENA LIFEGUARDS


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Cash donations are also welcome! You can donate in person at Cafe Mono Congo in Dominical, or at the Saturday morning farmer’s market in Uvita.

The Costa Ballena Lifeguards committee is made up of community volunteers. 100% of your donations go directly to saving lives on our beaches.

So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for helping us! Soon we will be able to say with conviction that Costa Ballena has the safest beaches in Costa Rica!

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Playa Dominical Report

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Tiffany

Travelling to Costa Rica?

What's needed at 8:15 tomorrow so our first truck can get going is:
2 packs of 900g beans, 12 packs coffee, 20 250 gram pasta, 20 salt, 15 packs

Anyone can help that would be GREAT! I will be in the BM parking lot from 8-8:15...orange truck 🙂 THANK YOU 🙂 ... See more

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VERY HIGH SEASIDE
Pacific of Costa Rica
Oct 4, 2017 | 8 a. m.

SEASON DIAGNOSIS

A low pressure system in the Caribbean will be accelerating the wind

DIAGNOSIS OF TIDES

From Friday the tides will begin to be very high as we are around the full moon. It will have highs (Puntarenas) of 3.10 m on Sunday at 4:11 am, and 2.91 m at 4:36 pm.

FORECASTING SEASONS.

Pacific North-North: the wave is forecast to increase from Wednesday, October 4 with highs from 2.1 m to 5.8 m highs on Friday. It drops to 3.1m on Saturday and continues to fall on Sunday. Wind gusts up to 70 km / h are expected on Friday.

Pacific North-Central: waves with maximum of 2.3 m for Wednesday 04 will increase to 6.6 m for Friday 07 October. Gusts up to 80 km / h are forecast for Friday 06. Decreases to Saturday 7th.

North-South Pacific. waves with highs of 2.2 m for Wednesday, October 4 will increase to 6.2 m on Friday 06. They will fall from Saturday October 07.

Central Pacific: 1.9 m on Wednesday, increasing to 5.5 m on Thursday 05, 4.5 m on Friday 06 and continuing to fall on Saturday, October 07.

South Pacific: 2.0 m waves on Wednesday 04 increasing to 4.6 m on Thursday 05. Decreases from Friday 06 October.

Cocos Island: waves with highs of 2.4 m for Wednesday, 04 increase to 3.4 m on Thursday 05. Winds from the WNW at 5 mph.

Caribbean: calm with highs all around 0.9 m expected for these days.

Comments:

1- The surf conditions along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica are extremely dangerous for the navigation of small boats (less than 7 m) and danger for medium (7 to 20 m).

2- As previous local low pressure systems have shown, they tend to change a lot in a short time, so that the conditions of swell and wind, can change.

3 - There will be high tides from Friday, so with high waves, there is the probability of flooding and coastal impact (erosion), so it draws attention in those places that always have problems with these events.

4- Bathers are not recommended to enter the sea in these conditions, due to the danger of currents of hangover.

5- Please, spread this information. We will update you tomorrow.

OLEAJE MUY ALTO
Pacífico de Costa Rica
4 oct., 2017 | 8 a. metro.

DIAGNÓSTICO DE LA OLEAJE

Un sistema de baja presión en el Caribe está acelerando el viento en el Pacífico de Costa Rica y genera oleaje muy alto, especialmente en el Pacífico Norte de nuestro país.

DIAGNÓSTICO DE MAREAS

A partir del viernes comenzaron las mareas a ser muy altas ya que están alrededor de la luna llena. Tendrá máximos (Puntarenas) de 3.10 m el domingo a las 4:11 am, y de 2.91 m a las 4:36 pm.

PRONÓSTICOS DE OLEAJE.

Pacífico Norte-Norte: se pronostica que el oleaje a partir de hoy miércoles 04 de octubre con máximos desde 2.1 m hasta máximos de 5.8 m el viernes. Baja a 3.1 m el sábado y continúa bajando el domingo. Se esperan vientos de hasta 70 km / h mar adentro el viernes.

Pacífico Norte-Centro: olas con máximas de 2,3 m para el miércoles 04 aumentarán hasta 6,6 m para el viernes 07 de octubre. Ráfagas de hasta 80 km / h se pronostican para el viernes 06. Bajan desde el sábado 07 de octubre.

Pacífico Norte-Sur. olas con máximos de 2,2 m para el miércoles 04 de octubre aumentarán hasta 6,2 m el viernes 06. Bajan a partir del sábado 07 de octubre.

Pacífico Central: olas con 1,9 m el miércoles 04 aumentan hasta 5,5 m el jueves 05, 4,5 m el viernes 06 y continúan bajando el sábado 07 de octubre.

Pacífico Sur: olas de 2,0 m el miércoles 04 aumentan hasta 4,6 m el jueves 05. Bajan desde el viernes 06 de octubre.

Isla del Coco: olas con máximos de 2,4 m para el miércoles 04 aumentar hasta 3,4 m el jueves 05. Vientos con ráfagas de hasta 50 km / huros generarse.

Caribe: mar calmo con olas máximas de 0.9 m se pronostican para estos días.

Comentarios:

1- Las condiciones de oleaje en toda la costa del Pacífico de Costa Rica son de peligro extremo para la navegación de embarcaciones pequeñas (7 m de altitud) y de peligro para las medianas (7 a 20 m).

2- Como se han demostrado los sistemas de baja presión locales anteriores, tienden a cambiar mucho en poco tiempo, por lo que las condiciones de oleaje y viento, pueden cambiar.

3- Habrán mareas altas a partir del viernes, por lo que con oleaje alto, existe la probabilidad de inundaciones e impacto costero (erosión), por lo que se llama la atención en los lugares que siempre tienen problemas con estos eventos.

4- No se recomienda a los bañistas meterse al mar en estas condiciones, por el peligro de corrientes de resaca.

5- Por favor, denle difusión a esta información. Le haremos una actualización mañana. ... See more

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Curso con los Guardacostas!! 👌🏾💪🏽

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Curso con los Guardacostas!! 👌🏾💪🏽

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Fotos de la publicación de Guardavidas Costa Ballena Lifeguards

Bueno quiero agradecer a la Academia de guardacostas por darnos la oportunidad de certificados para este 2017,hoy fue el último día de

Las condiciones fueron duras ya que como todos sabemos teníamos la tormenta con nosotros y dios nos dio la fuerza para seguir adelante y lograr nuestro objetivo,no fue fácil las pruebas practicas fueron en condiciones bastante peligrosas y esto ocasionó que los muchachos se esforzaran y dieran su cien por ciento ya que las olas eran de aproximadamente de 2 metros con corrientes de resaca muy poderosas.

Quiero agradecer a todas las personas que ayudaron con este curso,el señor Maximiliano y su esposa Que nos donaron las habitaciones de su hotel para que los instructores de la Academia de guardacostas se quedarán en el lugar,a el señor joany de tiki bar y en fin a todos los que nos apoyaron en estas semanas, me disculpo si se me olvidó alguien mas pero tengan por seguro que estoy muy feliz por el apoyo a nuestro programa de guardavidas Costa BALLENA. ... See more

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Fotos de la publicación de Guardavidas Costa Ballena Lifeguards

In other issues of the nearby communities we ask caution please do not enter river or sea, the conditions are extremely dangerous as everyone knows

Playa dominical & BARU river. ... See more

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