The Ocean Rescue Division is located at the Ocean Bay Boulevard Regional Access building. The building is located at 103 S. Virginia Dare Trail at approximately the 8.5 milepost, at the end of Ocean Bay Boulevard, on the oceanfront.
Flags on the Beach: Their Meaning
Yellow indicates strong currents, swim with caution. If in doubt, ALWAYS ask a lifeguard.
Red indicates NO SWIMMING, usually due to rough surf and/or strong currents.
Beach Accesses with Fixed Guard Stands
Lifeguards are on stands 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with a roving patrol through October 15
(Please note: weather or labor restrictions may mandate reduction in staffing and/or removal of lifeguard stands)
Hayman Street (H, PP, S)
5th Street (PP)
3rd Street (H,O, S, W)
2nd Street (H, PP, W, S)
1st Street (PP, W, H, S)
Asheville Drive (H, O, PP, S, W)
Woodmere Avenue (H, PP, S, W)
Carlow Avenue (H, O, PP, W, H, S)
Ocean Bay Boulevard (BH, H, O, PP, W, S)
Oregon Avenue (PP)
Clark Street (H, PP, W, S)
Martin Street (H, PP, W, S)
Atlantic Street (H, PP, W, S)
Ocean Acres Beach Access (Neptune Drive)
Eighth Street (H, O, PP, S, W)
H = Handicapped Parking
O = Handicapped Access to Beach Overlook
W = Wood Walkway to Beach
BH = Public Bathhouse
S = Shower
PP = Paved Parking
We can also help
Physically challenged persons enjoy our beaches by transporting a wheelchair designed especially for the beach over the dune-line. The Ocean Rescue Division maintains a beach wheelchair that enables "mobility challenged" persons to go out onto the beach and enjoy the seashore. The original beach wheelchair was provided through a grant from Easter Seals North Carolina and the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation. There is, however, a requirement that persons borrowing the chair must be able to load it into their vehicle without the Fire Department's assistance, on the theory that the members of the department cannot be there to help get the chair out to the beach and back in the vehicle to return it. Call or come by Ocean Rescue Division to make arrangements.