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Lifeguard Stands

Duck - Lifeguard Stands

No Public Beach Accesses are located in the town of Duck, to access Lifeguard Stands, guests must be staying in the subdivision.

Lifeguards in Duck are on duty from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm between May 1 - October 31. The Town maintains lifeguard stations at various locations throughout the summer. Lifeguards also patrol our beaches on ATV's.

From May 29 through September 6: Caffey's Inlet, Sprigtail Drive, Barrier Island Station, Schooner Ridge Drive, Christopher Drive, Four Seasons Lane 

From June 18 through August 6: Ocean Pines, Widgeon Drive, Scarborough Lane 

From June 18 through August 9: Dune Road From June 18 through August 13: South Snow Geese, Plover Drive 

Ocean Pines

Location: Ocean Pines Drive

Ocean Pines - Ocean Pines Drive

Caffey's Inlet

Location: Carrol Drive 

Caffey's Inlet - at Carrol Drive

Carolina Dunes

Location: Sprigtail Drive and Widgeon Drive

Carolina Dunes - at Sprigtail Drive Carolina Dunes - at Widgeon Drive

Snow Geese

Location: Snow Geese Drive

Snow Geese - at Snow Geese Drive

Barrier Island Station

Location: Barrier Island Station

Barrier Island Station - at the Oceanfront

Duck Ridge Shores

Location: Dune Road

Duck Ridge Shores - at Dune Road


>  Schooner Ridge

Location: Schooner Ridge Drive at the Oceanfront Pool

Schooner Ridge - at the Oceanfront Pool

Ocean Dunes

Location: Christopher Drive

Ocean Dunes - at Christopher Drive

Sea Pines

Location: Scarborough Lane

Sea Pines - at Scarborough Lane

Four Seasons

Location: Four Seasons oceanfront beach access

Four Seasons - at For Seasons Lane

Sea/Amy Acres

Location: Plover Drive

Sea/Amy Acres - at Plover Drive


Our beach utilizes a warning system - a large RED FLAG flying indicates that the currents are strong and the water is unsafe for swimming. DO NOT GO IN THE WATER - YOU PUT YOURSELF AND LIFEGUARDS AT RISK

Local safety officials determine when such conditions exist and also make the decision as to when to take the flags down. Conditions may change during the course of the day -- pay attention!

Just because red flags are not posted does not mean the ocean is safe; there is always a risk when swimming or wading in open waters. If you are concerned about the conditions, check with a lifeguard at one of the designated lifeguard stands.


Strong rip currents can start very near the beach and carry you into deep water in seconds. They are caused by a slight depression in the beach between breaking waves. The returning water will head for the depression and soon become a dangerously strong seaward flow. If you are caught in a rip, do NOT try and swim straight back to shore. Swim parallel to shore until you feel the current weaken or let the current take you out until it weakens. Then swim back to shore at a 45-degree angle.