are returning for the summer season on Saturday, May 26, at three
beaches within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, per a recent
announcement from the National Park Service.
The three locations where lifeguards will be stationed are as follows:
• Coquina Beach, located across from the Bodie Island Lighthouse site.
• Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, adjacent to the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse site
• Ocracoke Day Use Beach, 1.5 miles south of the NPS campground
Lifeguards at these three sites are on duty during the summer months
from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven
days a week.
heard loud and clear from the community that this is a service that is
important to them, and we want to make sure we have some locations
where folks can swim in the ocean, and have some peace of mind that
there are lifeguards nearby,” said Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Superintendent David Hallac. “So we are proud to have these three
recommend that swimmers who are not experienced stick to these
lifeguarded beaches,” he added. “The ocean can be overwhelming – even
for people with experience – and the Outer Banks has a very high energy
surf, with rip currents that can provide an additional hazard.”
lifeguards on duty can answer questions on swimming safety and weather
conditions, and visitors can also access information on swimming
conditions and weather via the daily rip current forecast at
www.weather.gov/beach/mhx. Rip current safety info is also available at