NPS Coquina Beach Lifeguards on Duty
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Lifeguards are on duty at Coquina Beach (Nags Head), as well as Lighthouse Beach (Buxton) and Ocracoke Day Use Area from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days a week through Labor Day.
Before going to the beach, please check with local weather sources for updated surf, rip tide and storm conditions. Remember, do not swim in hazardous surf. Please watch your children in and near the water at all times.
Watch for 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.
Use caution as storm conditions occur. Watch for lightning and seek shelter away from the beach. If you are able to hear thunder, you may be susceptible to a lightning strike.
Planning your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore will enhance your enjoyment and comfort.
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.