While Enjoying Duck’s Beaches, Be Safe, Be Courteous, Be Green; Keep it Beautiful and Clean.
Duck is nationally recognized as one of the “Top 15 Family-Friendly Beaches in America.”
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- All cautions and advisories issued by lifeguards are for your safety.
- Unattended personal items, including tents, chairs, umbrellas, etc., should not be left on the beach between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. or they may be removed as litter.
- Tents can only by 12′ x 12′ or smaller, must be placed 10′ apart or more, and cannot be tied together. This is for safety to allow lifeguards views and quick access to the water.
- Attend to and refill all beach holes.
- Place all beach items at least 15 feet away from the base of the dune to allow for emergency access.
- Pets may play unleashed, but must be under the watchful eye of a guardian.
- When red flags are flying, do not go into or swim in the ocean.
- Dispose of all trash in proper receptacles, including pet waste.
- See lifeguards for beach safety tips and rip current information.
- Protect our dunes by not walking, digging, or climbing on them.
- Utilize designated dune crossovers to access our beach, as they offer the first line of defense against wave action.
- Report stranded sea life or sea turtle nests to the lifeguards.
- Shipwrecks are part of our area’s history and should be reported, but not disturbed.
- Fireworks, beach fires, and bonfires are prohibited.
- Vehicles are not permitted on the beach between May 1 and September 30.
- The use of personal motorized watercraft is prohibited.
- Warnings or citations may be issued for non-compliance of these rules.
- Remember, by working together we can keep our beach beautiful and safe.
- Swim near a lifeguard!
- Never swim alone.
- Wait for at least a dozen waves to break, and decide if any one of them are bigger than you would want to ride.
- Non-swimming companions should stay in the sand well above the watermark caused by the biggest wave. Wave wash is deceptively strong and anyone playing in it should be able to swim long enough to await rescue.
- Look for rip currents and strong shore breaks.
- If you have been drinking alcohol stay out of the water. Alcohol can impair your judgement, breathing, coordination, and swimming ability.
- In an electrical storm, give yourself plenty of time to leave the beach and find shelter. Storms approach quickly.
- Do not use flotation devices or rafts as substitutes for swimming ability. Southwesterly winds can push them far from shore.