March 9, 2021 at 10:48 am #6826
Hi Dustin! Yes, it is illegal in NY to swim without lifeguards present. That said, it is sometimes enforced off hours in the summer months but really not in the winter. A few people were issued summonses in the late spring last year when the beaches were closed due to Covid.
CSOs not a big concern at Brighton Beach but we do warn that swimming after a very heavy rain is not usually advised.