Hatteras Island Rescue Squad is bringing back their Rip Current Safety
and Beach Hazards program for the summer of 2018, after a successful
initial launch of the initiative in 2017.
weekly program is an interactive class that provides information on rip
current safety – both before and after a person may be caught up in the
current. Taught by Hatteras Island Rescue Squad volunteer Jacob Bolden,
the program had solid attendance last year, with both visitors and
locals joining in the weekly sessions.
Currents are a prevalent concern throughout the summer months all along
the Outer Banks, and the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad dedicates a fair
amount of their time addressing rip current calls year after year.
“Most all water rescues are rip current or wind related,” said Chief
Jack Scarborough of the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad.
all-volunteer Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, (which patrols the southern
Hatteras Island beaches), as well as the Chicamacomico Banks Water
Rescue, (which patrols the northern island beaches), both do a lot of
on-the-spot education for beachcombers who are about to wade into
trouble. But the scheduled programs gives newcomers and longtime ocean
swimmers alike an opportunity to dive deeper into the topic, without an
impromptu conversation with a passing patrol on the beach.
classes are held every Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Hatteras Island
Rescue Squad Station at 48103 N.C. Highway 12 in Buxton. No
reservations are required, and folks of all ages are welcome to attend.
Monday timeframe of the weekly program also gives newly arrived
vacationers a chance to load up on their rip current knowledge, before
they hit the beach all week long.
[program] helps assist people before they get into trouble, and if they
do get in trouble, it [teaches them] how to stay safe,” said Chief
Scarborough. “A rip current itself is easy to survive, as long as you
know how to get out of them.”
For more information, as well as a regular reports on local rip current risks, visit https://www.facebook.com/HIRS35/.