Ocean Rescue and Life Guard Services Come to an End with the Season

As the season comes to a close, so does the end of ocean rescue and life guard services in the Pleasure Island area. The regular lifeguard season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with limited guards on patrol through mid-September. While the beach is still plenty enjoyable this time of year, it’s extremely important for swimmers and surfers to use caution while being active in the water as there is no one on duty to watch over them.

Beach-goers should be aware of the water and weather conditions, and take necessary precautions before getting into the water when no guard or patrol is on duty. Here are some suggestions to keep you safe this time of year:

  • Read all safety signs that posted at the entrance to all beach access areas.
  • Monitor weather and surf conditions prior to entering the water.
  • Never swim alone.
  • If you are an inexperienced swimmer, or child, make sure you wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Do not let children or elderly persons swim unattended, even if the water is shallow. An unexpected wave can cause anyone to lose their footing.
  • Watch out for aquatic animals that could pose a danger.
  • Be aware of rip currents and stay out of the water if they are present. Not sure how to spot a rip current? There are several helpful videos and guides online. Here is one video we found on YouTube:
  • If you are unable to swim to shore, float or tread water until you are free from the rip current and then swim to shore.

  • If you feel that you can’t make it to shore, wave and call for help. Remember at this time of the year, there are fewer people on the beach.

  • Keep at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties.

With our moderate climate here at the coast we are lucky to be able to enjoy our beaches for a few weeks longer. Just pay close attention to your activities and know there are no guards on duty. If you have any questions regarding the safety of our beaches, please call the Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue Department at 910.458.2985.

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