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As a result of increased late summer tourism to the Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will offer lifeguard services through the end of September at three lifeguard beaches.
This year’s lifeguard season, originally scheduled from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, is extended through Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Ocracoke (Day Use Area), Coquina Beach on Bodie Island and Frisco Beach on Hatteras Island.
Lifeguards are on duty seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Lifeguard beaches are the safest places to swim along the Seashore,” said David Hallac, Superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “We are pleased to provide an extended lifeguard season at three of the Seashore’s most-visited beaches.”
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach in Buxton will continue life-guarding services through Sept. 7.
Whether swimming at a lifeguard beach or entering the Atlantic Ocean elsewhere along the Seashore, it is important for visitors to check the daily rip current forecast at www.weather.gov/beach/mx.
To read about “good water” and “dangerous water,” click here.
Visitors can also sign up for ocean safety text messages by texting: Join OBXBeachConditions to 30890. Text ‘STOP’ to 30890 to stop receiving messages.