Tides and Swimming
The tides cause strong currents, especially round the Western tip of the island.
The official swimming hours that are announced on the beaches, and when the life guards are there to watch, are always the times of rising and high tide.
Observe the hours. When the tide is going out, swimming is not advised. The tidal current may drag you out to the open sea. Stay in shallow water close to the beach.
Photo 1: The sign on the main beach announces the swimming hours ( Badezeiten ), the time of high tide ( Hochwasser ) today and tomorrow, and the temperatures of water and air.
(Don't ask me what "pfön" is supposed to mean here, the weather was lousy that day.)
Photo 2: Avoid swimming at the Western tip of the island between main beach and Südbad - this is where the currents are strongest, both into and out of the mouth of the river Ems. At least, do not venture out of the range of the spur dikes if you absolutely have to hop into the water here.
- Family Travel
My favourite North Sea souvenir t-shirt depicts two bored seagulls sitting on poles at the beach. One says, "Shall we go and sh*t on tourists?", and the other says, "Great idea!!!"
This seems to be a favourite hobby among seagulls indeed, and the effect is remarkable... Watch out when they are above you. Especially for those sitting on lantern poles or on the edge of a roof.
And on board of the ferry. Please don't feed them, they have their special way of saying thank you...