Beaches On The Air is an award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation from beaches. There are awards for activators (those who operate from the beaches) and chasers (those who contact activators from home or elsewhere). Beaches On The Air can be operated from any country or region around the world. Countries or regions may have managers, who assist Beaches On The Air administrators in the preparation of beach lists within their countries or regions. Those lists aim to be as exhaustive and objective as possible, and are often based on official sources, such as environmental protection agencies.
Activators and chasers accumulate points with each QSO. For activators, the total score is calculated by adding the square root of the number of QSOs made in each activation. For chasers, the score is calculated by adding the number of activations in which they have participated. Unlike in other programmes, activators can activate, and chasers can chase, the same beach as many times as they wish and they will always earn additional points for an extra activation or QSO. Unlike other programmes too, Beaches On The Air does not put any restriction on how you get to the activation point or on the power source you use for your activation. It encourages energy efficiency, however, by creating a special category for QRP operations.
There are several rolls of honour, as well as certificates available for various scores, both for activators and chasers.