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Ocean Rescue


The fire department's Ocean Rescue Squad is responsible for ensuring public safety on the beach strand. The squad is led by an Ocean Rescue Director and a Lifeguard Captain who are also full-time firefighters/EMTs.  The Ocean Rescue Squad employs 28 seasonal lifeguards from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Our Ocean Rescue program is certified as an advanced lifesaving agency by the U.S. Lifesaving Association. We staff 13 lifeguard stands, and we also patrol the beach strand with all-terrain vehicles and a personal watercraft. All seasonal ocean rescue personnel are trained as both open water lifeguards and emergency medical responders according to ULSA advanced agency standards.  Our lifeguards are supported by full-time fire department personnel who are certified EMTs. Lifeguards also assist bathers by providing public information, recovering lost children, and enforcing beach regulations. Our Ocean Rescue Team staffs our lifeguard stands from 10AM to 5PM, seven days per week.

Please pay close attention to the signal flags flown from our lifeguard stands. The color of the flag indicates the water conditions observed in the area. Click here for details.

Please consult a member of our Ocean Rescue Squad for further information concerning water safety or beach regulations. Our goal is to make your visit to the beach safe and enjoyable!


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Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
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