Kure Beach Ocean Rescue personnel are on guard on the entire beach strand from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Sometimes beaches are closed because water testing has found the presence of human or animal waste. This poses a threat to your health and as a precaution, a beach will be closed until further notice. Before you leave home, learn about the rules of the beach you want to visit, as well as swimming advisories. Find quality of the water at beaches and health risks associated with swimming in polluted water.
A trip to the beach should be fun. Unfortunately, far too many people are injured or killed along our nation's beaches by hazards such as dangerous currents, heat and lightning. The National Weather Service (NWS) can help ensure you leave the beach with good memories. NWS provides you the information you need to stay safe on beaches and in coastal areas and surf zones in consolidated products and services. A surf zone is defined as the area of water between the beach/shore and the first line of breaking waves.
Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves.
If you become caught in a rip current, yell for help and remain calm. Do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for help. If you have to swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.