Swimming regulations

Beach rules and regulations

12 km

In matters of length nobody can show the Usedom’s inhabitants how to do it. That’s because the island provides white beaches, which are as long as your sight can reach. Almost twelve of the altogether 42 kilometres-long beach belong to the “3 Seaside Resorts”. That means that you can fully enjoy bathing and lying on the beach between the “Langer Berg” in Bansin and the beach in Ahlbeck next to the Polish border. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a bikini, swimming trunks or nothing at all, or if you are with your dog or with your kiteboard – there is always the right beach for you in the “3 Seaside Resorts”. It is signposted, and at favourable wind direction it’s even 70 meters wide.


There are guarded beach sections with rescue towers in all three of the “Imperial Spas”. A fluttering flag of the beach rescue service means that lifeguards are on duty. They are from the German Red Cross and they keep watch over the small and the big bathers from the rescue towers and from the Heringsdorf pier. To their equipment belong two powerboats, a water scooter and canoes as well as a quad and a pickup.

Bathing rules

Besides the on-duty-flag two additional flags show if bathing in the Baltic Sea is becoming dangerous. If the yellow flag is waving, it means that children under 16 years are not allowed to swim in the sea. Swimmers may bath only in shallow water. If a red flag is waving with the on-duty-flag swimming in the sea is prohibited to everyone. The sea undercurrent is then life-threatening even for very good swimmers. The beach rules and regulations hang at each beach access in the “3 Seaside Resorts”.

Flags on the

rescue towers


The tower is busy.



Bathing and swimming dangerous.
Bathing prohibited for children under 16 and for non-swimmers.
Swimming prohibited for swimmers.
Bathing allowed only in shallow water.


Bathing and swimming prohibited.

Beach rules and regulations


1. Staying at the beach is at the guest’s own risk and responsibility.
2. The supervision of children is their parents’ responsibility.
3. The swimming area is marked by white buoys. Watercrafts of any kind (included kiteboards) are not allowed to cross that line.
4. It is prohibited to swim under the piers as well as 20 meters on the right and on the left side of them.
5. It is prohibited to jump from the piers into the sea.
6. Naturism is only allowed in special designated beach sections.
7. The flag of the beach rescue service on the rescue tower means that lifeguards are on duty.
8. You must follow the lifeguards’ instructions.
9. The flags on the rescue towers have got the following meaning:
yellow flag: swimming is prohibited for children under 16 and for those who can’t swim.
red flag: swimming is prohibited for everyone without exceptions.
10. By accidents you must immediately assist the victim, as far as this doesn’t constitute a serious danger for your own life.
11. There is a general requirement of mutual observation while bathing.
12. Fires and grill fires are prohibited
13. It is prohibited to use vehicles on the beach (exceptions for ambulances, rescue and municipal services vehicles).
14. It is prohibited setting up tents, parking caravans and mobile homes, as well as putting up beach chairs without a valid certificate.
15. Dogs are only allowed in special designated dog’s beaches. Please do not leave litter on the beach and use for this purpose the waist bins at the beach access points. Leave the beach in the same condition as you would like to find it.