Practice Beach Safety This Season

Beach season is officially here and many people will visit Corolla beaches this year. While fun should be a priority, so should beach safety. Currituck County Emergency Management, Corolla Beach Rescue, and the National Weather Service are reminding the public of the following safety tips:

  • Be aware of rip currents and warning flags; if in doubt, don’t go out
  • Stay alert to changing weather, wave and tide conditions
  • If on-duty, swim near a lifeguard
  • Never swim alone and always ensure a flotation device is with you
  • Do not dive in headfirst to avoid major injury
  • Take sun and heat precautions

Corolla Beach Rescue Lifeguards are on-duty, daily, during the summer from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, and each day lifeguard tower chalkboards are updated with current beach and ocean conditions. Beachgoers can visit a lifeguard stand for valuable insight on local conditions. Tower locations can be found at

When red flags are up, please do not enter the ocean. If an emergency occurs, dial 911 immediately and most importantly – know your location on the beach.

To get the latest beach weather forecast, including rip current levels, please visit You can also receive beach-related notifications straight to your phone by texting SAFECOROLLA to 888-777.

If you have any questions, contact Currituck County Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.