2008 NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LIFEGUARDED BEACHES
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s lifeguarded beaches will open on May 24, 2008. Lifeguards will be on duty at Coquina Beach (Nags Head), Lighthouse Beach (Buxton) and Ocracoke Day Use area from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Due to a lack of certified candidates, the lifeguarded beach in Nags Head at Coquina Beach is currently guarded on weekends only. Periodically the Coquina Beach area may be patrolled for hazardous conditions. A full compliment of lifeguards is expected to be on duty by early June.
Before going to the beach, please check with local weather sources for updated surf and rip tide conditions. Planning your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore will enhance your enjoyment and comfort. Having an accident will spoil any vacation. Please observe all rules and regulations for your safety. Know your limits and understand the hazards.
Do not swim in hazardous surf. Please watch your children in and near the water at all times.
Use caution to avoid jellyfish and stingrays. If stung by a jellyfish, do not touch irritated skin or wash with fresh water. Shuffle feet lightly while wading to scare stingrays away.
Rip currents are strong river-like currents that move away from the shore. If caught in a rip current, stay calm, wave for assistance, and swim parallel to shore. Don't swim against the current. Once out of the current swim directly to shore.
If you are interested in becoming an ocean lifeguard and working for the National park Service, multiple vacancies are still open for all areas. Park housing may be available for the duration of employment. Contact the Cape Hatteras National Seashore office, (252) 473-2111, if you have any further questions.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.