NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LIFEGUARDED BEACHES
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Cape Hatteras National Seashore opened lifeguarded beaches on May 27, 2006. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 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 t Do not swim in hazardous surf. Please watch your children in and near the water at all times. = SEA LIFE t 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 t 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 and Ocracoke areas. 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?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.