Surf, sandcastles and sun - that's all some people need to make for the perfect Labor Day weekend.

"[I like] just sharing moments with each other, watching the children play in the sand is always fun to watch," says beach visitor Nellie Cardenes.

Some parents say however they always keep the dangers of the beach on the forefronts of their mind. Beach go-er Melissa Dickson tells us: "[My family and I] were just talking about a drowning up in Seaside where we just went on vacation."

Whether there's a thousand people or a dozen, lifeguards at Pismo Beach say they're prepared for it all.  "Overall we're looking for public safety, making sure the public and our beach visitors here are safe, looking out for any swimmers in there and all types of swimming capabilities," explains Lifeguard Coordinator for Pismo Beach, Carlos Pasheco.

Many families say they have a plan set in place to avoid bad things from happening on their beach day. "We just watch them all the time and they're not allowed to go out far and be with somebody when they're out there," Dickson tells us.

While parents are actively looking after their kids, lifeguards say adults need to be equally as vigilant about themselves. "We're here for all ages, all swimming capabilities and just for the safety of all beach visitors," says Pasheco.