NPS Lifeguard Protected Beach
NPS Lifeguards supervise designated beach areas in Maryland and Virginia sections of Assateague. For a safe recreational experience, swim near an on duty lifeguard within the boundaries of the red over yellow flag. Hours of operation are from 10 am – 5pm seasonally. Take extra precaution when swimming outside the lifeguard area or during off duty hours; wear a life jacket.
- When you hear the whistle
Lifeguards will not signal swimmers simply because they are in deep water. The lifeguards will signal swimmers toward shore because they are approaching a hazardous area or they are moving too far out for adequate supervision.
- First Aid and Rescue
The Lifeguard operation is equipped with rescue equipment and first aid supplies. The lifeguards are trained in ocean rescue and are certified Emergency Medical Responders. If you need assistance, contact a lifeguard or call 911.
- Visitors with physical disabilities
Physically challenged individuals who require special consideration in aquatic recreation may want to use the protected beach. Beach wheelchairs are available in both Maryland and Virginia district beaches. Contact a Lifeguard or Ranger for direction and assistance.