7 Beach Safety Tips for Your Next OBX Vacation

Before you pack your gear, check out these safety tips to guarantee a worry-free day at the beach. These are 7 beach safety tips and things to watch out for during your stay on the Outer Banks.

Rip Currents

Rip Currents pull objects out past the shore break. If you get pulled into one don’t panic, there are multiple ways to escape. Here is a Rip Current safety guide by the National Weather Service.   You can take a short online training course from the NWS on how to identify Rip Currents here or by NOAA here.

  • Relax & Drift
  • Don’t Swim Against The Current (You’ll Get Tired)
  • Float, Wave For Assistance And Swim Parallel to shore 

Weather Safety

We would love endless sunny days, but storms happen from time to time. Stay clear of the beach during storms; the likelihood of being struck by lightning is higher. Outer Beaches communicates the latest storm updates from the NOAA and Dare County, so you won’t have to worry. If you plan on swimming on a cold day, a wet or dry suit will help protect from the frigid water. Take caution in any water temperature below 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 C).

Source: coldwatersafety.org

  • Stay Clear Of The Beach
  • Follow Outer Beaches for storm updates, Also Follow NOAA & Dare County
  • On Cold Days, Wear a Wetsuit

WATER SAFETY 

The ocean can be unpredictable, be sure you always know your child’s location and take them swimming with a responsible adult. Check your area to see if there are any natural obstacles or fishing lines. Swim away from fishing lines to prevent any accidents.

WATER WILDLIFE 

The ocean is full of unique and admirable creatures, but they need their space. If you see wildlife, respect their territory for their safety and yours.

DOG SAFETY

The beach is a fun and exciting place for you and your furry friend. It’s a law for dogs to be on a leash under 6ft to keep the wildlife and fellow beach goers safe.  Remember to hydrate and keep your dog from the harsh sun and sand.

OBR Pro Tip: Make sure to grab all of your belongings and dispose of any ashes or partially-burnt wood. We live by the “Pack it in, pack it out” rule everywhere on the beach, so please help keep the beaches clean. Enjoy!
SUN PROTECTION

Bring sunscreen and other protection to prevent skin damage. SPF 30 sunscreen is the most common and blocks most UVB rays. To maximize efficiency, apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours, and after swimming.

OBR Pro Tip: Make sure to grab all of your belongings and dispose of any ashes or partially-burnt wood. We live by the “Pack it in, pack it out” rule everywhere on the beach, so please help keep the beaches clean. Enjoy!
LIFEGUARDED AREAS

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach and Frisco Beach have lifeguarded areas and weather safety flags. The lifeguards are trained to watch for and react to any potential dangers. They are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Reminder 
In case of an emergency always know your location, OBR house number, and address. If you drive onto the beach, or park and walk, remember the ramp number so help can arrive as soon as possible.


Visitors can sign up for beach safety text messages by texting “Join OBXBeachConditions” to 30890

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