LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A high surf advisory is still in effect Saturday.

Lifeguards are warning those who are going to visit the beach during the Labor Day weekend, to use caution to avoid big waves, strong currents, and extreme tides.

Forecasters attributed the large swell behind the high surf to wave energy generated by a storm in the South Pacific and Tropical Storm Ileana off the Mexican coast.

The waves are expected to be five to eight feet high.

If swimmers are caught in a current, lifeguards recommend them to swim parallel to the shore until they are out of the current and can walk to the sand.

“I would say, for anybody visiting the beach know your limitations, know your skills and abilities. As always, swim near a lifeguard. Check in with the lifeguard when you get down to the beach and see about what’s going on, what any hazards in the water, be it rip currents or rocks, things of that nature. Just know your own skills and abilities and maybe this weekend, for somebody who’s not an experienced ocean swimmer, this isn’t their weekend,” Capt. Tom Trager of the Marine Safety said.

The advisory is in effect through Sunday evening.

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