Generally, lifeguards can be found on all OBX beaches on patrol and/or on lifeguard stands between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. Outer Banks lifeguards train regularly and are a great resource for any beach safety questions you may have.
The signs posted on lifeguard stands (and smaller signs on roving ATVs) provide quick information about beach conditions, such as the ocean temperature, high and low tides, dangerous shorebreak, and if any other specific dangers, like storm debris, are present.
See our list of lifeguard locations in each town to see if there will be a lifeguard stand near your vacation spot. When choosing your daily spot in the sand, look around to be sure you will not be in the way of the lifeguards if an emergency situation arises.