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Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
Cape Hatteras National Seashore's lifeguarded
beaches will open on May 23, 2015. Lifeguards will be on duty at Coquina Beach (Nags Head), Buxton Beach on
Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Day Use area from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven
days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Before going to the beach, please check with
local weather sources for updated surf and rip current 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
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.