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Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue Lifeguards​


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Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue: Lifesaving and Marine Safety for 40 Years​

Palm Beach County Ocean Lifeguards are a team of well trained, highly skilled professionals. They specialize in preventative actions, ocean rescues, and emergency medical assistance to beachgoers. Palm Beach County employs 53 year-round lifeguards and 28 seasonal lifeguards for 13 parks. These men and women are entrusted with protecting and servicing an estimated 3.4 million beachgoers every year, averaging 140 rescues, 540 bathing assists, 16,000 first aids, 85,000 preventative actions, and reuniting 30 lost children with their parents.

But who exactly are these men and women who make up Palm Beach County’s Ocean Rescue?

The 80 guards range in age from the early 20s to the early 60s. A surprising number hold college degrees. Most are married and have children. Former teachers, accountants, writers, stock brokers, air traffic controllers, real estate agents, business people, and lawyers have all worn the Palm Beach County lifeguard uniform. Most have worked for Palm Beach County for over 10 years; some for over 20; and a few over 30.

Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue is an agency certified by the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA). While all lifeguards hold certifications in lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Responder first aid, most surpass this, a majority are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), several are certified in SCUBA, and some have a boat captain license.

Regardless of age and work experience, Palm Beach County Ocean Lifeguards are all exceedingly skilled and trained ocean athletes. All lifeguards train daily to hone their swimming, running, rowing, paddling, and rescue skills to ensure not only the public’s safety but also their own. Formal training drills, led by Training Officers, are conducted at least twice per month to keep skills sharp. To maintain their jobs, they must biannually pass a timed swimming and running test, which is a requirement of each USLA agency.

Aiding the effectiveness of the lifesaving operation is the use of a wide range of equipment. Most inlet parks have Rigid Hull Inflatable Rescue Boats or a Personal Watercraft, and All Terrain Vehicles are in operation at most beaches. Each lifeguard tower is fully stocked with first aid supplies, a back board, oxygen, resuscitation equipment, an Automated External Defibrillator, and rescue tubes and paddle boards.

The skills and rigorous training of these dedicated professionals has yielded some notable awards:

  • 1996 – Beach Patrol of the Year by the Florida Beach Patrol Chief’s Association
  • 2003 – First place in the Bill Shearer International Basic Life Support Competition at CLINCON
  • 2004 – First place in the USLA National Competition
  • Five Palm Beach County Ocean Lifeguards have been named Lifeguard of the Year in the state of Florida

Palm Beach County Ocean Lifeguards are a diverse group of highly trained and dedicated individuals who offer an outstanding life saving service to all visitors of County beaches.

Lifeguard Tryouts

Ocean Rescue will be hiring for non-permanent lifeguards. We are specifically looking for applicants that can work 40 hours from late May- August. swimmers   
A two week Lifeguard Trainee Academy is required prior to guarding duties.

 Job application
            Please submit scannable applications directly to:
            Julia Leo, Ocean Rescue Supervisor
            Juno Beach Park / Ocean Rescue Headquarters Building
            14775 SR A1A, Jupiter Fl 33477
            Or fax: 561-242-6928

Attach valid certifications with application. Applicants that do not submit all necessary certifications will not be eligible for testing.

  • ARC Lifeguard certificate or equivalent
  • ARC or AHA CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • First Responder or EMT are not necessary but desirable
  • Applicants that do not submit all necessary certifications will not be eligible for testing.

To become an ocean lifeguard the tryouts are in two stages. After successfully completing and passing Stage 1, an applicant will be given an invitation to participate in Stage 2. After successfully completing and passing Stage 2, applicants will be ranked on the eligibility list. Applicants applying for a permanent position will also go through a medical scenario and an oral interview.

Stage 1: Swim Test - 500-meter pool swim in less than 10 minutes.

  • DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 17, 7:30 a.m.
  • LOCATIONS: North County Aquatic Center, 861 Toney Penna Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 or Aqua Crest Pool, 2503 Seacrest Boulevard, Delray Beach, FL 33444

Stage 2: Beach Test - Consists of:

  • A Run/Swim/Run continuously for approximately 20-25 minutes.
  • Perform both a conscious and unconscious rescue with an assist/carry out of the water.
  • An oral interview and a medical scenario test will be scheduled within a week for permanent applicants. Non-permanent applicants will complete a questionaire on their scheduling availability.​​​

  • DATE & TIME: Monday, December 18, 7:30 a.m.
  • LOCATION: Loggerhead Park, 14200 US Hwy 1, Juno Beach FL, 33408