The difference between hearing and listening

  • Hearing is a sensory experience that gathers sound waves indiscriminately. We can hear something without choosing to listen.
  • Listening is a voluntary activity that includes interpreting or processing that sound.

Listening Tips

When listening, always:

  • Keep an open mind.
  • Maintain eye contact and show interest.
  • Listen for the central themes.
  • Consider the speaker’s nonverbal behaviors and tone of voice.

While listening, you should avoid:

  • Being judgmental.
  • Interrupting the speaker.
  • Formulating a rebuttal.
  • Distorting the message based on your own beliefs.

Search is Underway for Missing Swimmer off Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beach

According to a Cape Hatteras National Seashore press release, at 6:24 pm on Saturday, September 9, a teenage male swimmer from out-of-state was reported missing off a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach. The swimmer was last seen north of the jetties in Buxton, North Carolina.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, National Park Service, and Dare County EMS all responded and a search of the area was conducted using a helicopter and spotlights last night. Additional searches are being conducted today.

Trip Planning is Key to Safe Outer Banks Beach Visits

Sadly, over the last year and a half, there have been numerous swimming-related fatalities along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Critical trip planning prior to arriving at the beach may help to avoid future fatalities related to rip currents.

Between last summer and this summer, rip current safety messaging has been a huge topic of conversation at local, state, and federal levels. Daily rip current threats are broadcast all over Facebook and Twitter, and rip current safety warning signs have been placed at locations near beaches. There are even mobile rip current safety warnings displayed along NC-12 within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The warnings and signs apply to everyone planning a trip to Outer Banks oceanside beaches. Yes, they apply to people on vacation, too. It is disappointing to find out that after making it through some rainy vacation days there may still be sunny days that aren’t safe for ocean enjoyment, but entirely heartbreaking to not plan your visit to the beach properly and lose a loved one as a result of strong rip currents.

The dangers of rip currents are nothing new. Back in the 60s, for example, rip currents were just as large of a threat to ocean enjoyment. I recently learned that in the mid-60s, a large group of boy scouts found themselves caught in rip currents and it took three lifeguards, three separate trips to bring them all back to shore safely. The big difference between now and the 60s is clearly the amount of easily accessible information for trip planning. A couple important sites to use  when planning your trip to the beach are:

In case you are planning your trip to an Outer Banks oceanside beach today, please take a look at the following warning.

Rip current risks and preparedness actions for August 27, 2017

PLEASE, do some trip planning before going to the beach. If you, or your loved ones, plan on going into the ocean, all the information you gather prior to your visit may save your lives.

Last Day to Get NPS Senior Pass for $10 is Sunday, August 27

Sunday, August 27, 2017 is the last day to get the National Park Service Lifetime Senior Pass for $10. The price of the pass will go up to $80 starting on Monday, August 28.

Lifetime Senior Pass cost will go from $10 to $80 on Monday, August 28, 2017

On the Outer Banks, seniors can purchase the Lifetime Senior Pass at the Wright Brothers National Memorial entrance station, Bodie Island Visitor Center, Hatteras Island Visitor Center, Ocracoke Visitor Center, Oregon Inlet Campground, Frisco Campground, and Ocracoke Campground.

Be Careful Attempting to Access New Sandbar Off Cape Point in Buxton, North Carolina

According to a National Park Service press release, over the last two to three months, a large sandbar has formed off Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in the Cape Point area. Due to the number of recent water rescues the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad has made between the tip of Cape Point and the sandbar, the National Park Service and Dare County are urging all park visitors to use caution when attempting to access the offshore sandbar.

The Cape Point area is a highly dynamic location that is constantly changing through both erosion and accretion of sand. Currents between Cape Point and offshore sandbars can be very strong; therefore, the Seashore does not recommend that visitors swim or wade to these areas. The life guarded beaches at Coquina Beach, Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, and the Ocracoke Day Use Area Beach are excellent choices for swimming, especially when conditions bring dangerous rip currents to the area.

If interested in accessing the new sandbar, Seashore Superintendent David Hallac states that, “traveling to the sandbar is best accomplished by experienced kayakers or paddle boarders that are using appropriate flotation and mindful of the tides and strong currents in the area.”