Staying Safe on your Beach Vacation

Now that the hot weather, and the Outer Banks beach vacationers are upon us, they and we alike will head to the beach for relief. There are fewer things more soothing than an ocean breeze to make you enjoy enjoy the heat. In your quest for summer refreshment, caution can often go to the wind, but it shouldn’t. It is often at these times when your guard is down that danger is lurking. Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe on your summer beach vacation.

Know the Lifeguards Language

When you’re at the beach, the lifeguard dictates the law of the land. It is important to know their signs and signals. Their intention is not to ruin your vacation, but to return you to work safely when it ends.

RED FLAG (count them)

2 Red Flags? Quite simply: It’s a no go. No matter how strong a swimmer you believe yourself to be, the waves and currents are such that you should not be in the water. This may seem counterintuitive, as often the surf seems turbulent, but not dangerous.

1 Red Flag? This means that these conditions are not for the timid, nor the novice. Unless you are an extremely strong swimmer with the courage and confidence of a champion, you should probably sit this one out.


Similar to a traffic light, when the lifeguard issues a yellow flag,it means use caution. If you are an uncertain, or weak swimmer, or if you are swimming with children, you should at the very least stay near the lifeguards. As always, heed all instructions from the lifeguards.

What to do on the Beach when You Can’t Swim

Beach vacations are not what they used to be. Even on days when you can’t swim, you can relax, sunbathe, read a book, or more. There are even companies who will outfit your beach perch with a bar, radio, tent, and chairs! Plan ahead, and pay attention, and not one moment of your OBX vacation will be wasted.

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