Ocean Rescue

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During these unprecedented times, Ocean Rescue is continuing to provide service to beach-goers.  Some lifeguard stands may not always be occupied by Ocean Rescue staff.  However, a roving patrol will be in operation during normal business hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day).  

We urge you to always exercise caution and to avoid taking risks that may jeopardize your safety.  Stay out of the water if you're not a strong swimmer.  And, be aware of potential rip currents and know how to escape should you find yourself in a dangerous rip current situation.  


About the Squad

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.  This team staffs our lifeguard stands from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7 days per week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Rescue Program

Our Ocean Rescue program is certified as an advanced lifesaving agency by the U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA). 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.

Jeremy Owens Junior Lifeguard Camp

Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is committed to teaching the fundamentals of beach safety, first aid, and environmental awareness in a physically active and fun-filled week of activities through the Jeremy Owens Junior Lifeguard Camp.  The Junior Lifeguards will learn from, and sometimes alongside, current WBOR Lifeguards, gaining a true sense of the role, responsibilities, and rewards of today’s oceanfront professionals.  Please email parksandrecreation@towb.org for further information.   

More Safety Information
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.

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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