Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a beautiful and amazing place to explore. Planning ahead and staying informed can often help ensure a fun and safe trip for all. Always be aware of your surroundings and be informed about changes in the weather.
Swimming SafetySwimming in the Atlantic Ocean is not the same as swimming in a pool or lake. Ocean conditions can change from hour-to-hour, and strong rip currents can make swimming dangerous.
The most important thing you can do is to "Be Seen." Swim at a lifeguarded beach, and always swim with a buddy. Lifeguarded beaches are offered Memorial Day- Labor Day at Coquina Beach, Old Lighthouse Beach, Frisco Beach, and Ocracoke Beach.
To receive beach related weather alerts from the National Weather Service, text "Join OBXBEACHCONDITIONS" to 30890.
Even taking the simpliest precautions can greatly improve your safety. When swimming in the ocean always:
How to Get HelpUnfortunately, emergencies and crimes can happen in the park. If an emergency arises or you observe a crime in progress, call 911. For non-emergencies that require assistance from National Park Service law enforcement staff, call the Dare County non-emergency line at 252-473-3444
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For more information, please read our FAQs or contact one of our park visitor centers.
Last updated: May 20, 2019