• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LIFEGUARDED BEACHES FOR THE 2007 SUMMER SEASON

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Date: May 24, 2007
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Cape Hatteras National Seashore opens lifeguarded beaches on May 26, 2007. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Ocracoke Island and in Nags Head at Coquina Beach. Due to a lack of certified lifeguard candidates, the lifeguarded beach in Buxton is currently unguarded. Periodically, the Buxton area beach may be patrolled for hazardous conditions. 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.

SWIMMING

Do not swim in hazardous surf. Please watch your children in and near the water at all times.

SEA LIFE

Use caution to avoid jellyfish and stingrays. If stung by a jellyfish, apply vinegar and meat tenderizer. Do not touch irritated skin or wash with fresh water. Shuffle feet lightly while wading to scare stingrays away.

RIP CURRENTS

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 an ocean certified lifeguard interested in working for the National Park Service, multiple vacancies are still open for the Buxton area. Park housing may be available for duration of employment. Contact Cape Hatteras National Seashore office, 252-928-5111, if you have any further questions.



Did You Know?

The Hatteras Island Weather Station is one of only three remaining weather stations in the country.

The U.S. Weather Bureau Station on Hatteras Island was built in 1901 and was one of 11 stations built around the country. It is one of only three remaining stations nationwide, and the only one in the nation restored to its 1901 condition. The station was reopened in 2007 to house a visitor center.