NPS Lifeguards Ocracoke. Photo by C. Leinbach
NPS Lifeguards Ocracoke. Photo by Ruth Fordon

From National Park Service
April 22, 2015

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has contracted for lifeguards on its three public beaches, Superintendent David Hallac announced Wednesday. 

Operations of three Seashore sites, Coquina Beach in South Nags Head, Buxton Beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, and Ocracoke Beach on Ocracoke Island, will open  Saturday, May 23, through Labor Day, September 7. 

The lifeguarded beaches will be staffed 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The lifeguard beaches provide a key visitor use service to the visiting public in Cape Hatteras National Seashore,” Hallac said.  “Many family memories reflect on the great service these dedicated individuals provide to ensure a safe and enjoyable day at the beach.  Park visitors are here to relax and enjoy the beach and the guarded beaches are great places to have that added protection.”

 Lifeguards provide a variety of important service to park visitors from cautioning swimmers about rip currents, providing rescue to swimmers or administering first aid for minor injuries.  They monitor swimming activities in the protected areas, provide assistance to beach-goers, engage the public in conversations about the beach environment and advise of hazards such as rip currents, over exposure to the sun, jellyfish stings, staying hydrated in the summer sun and heat by drinking plenty of water.

Lifeguards on Ocracoke. Photo by C. Leinbach
Lifeguards on Ocracoke. Photo by C. Leinbach

For more information on swimming safety and rip currents, see:

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