Return to Beaches
Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue Lifeguards
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.
Ocean Rescue is conducting a seasonal Ocean Lifeguard test. The testing process is in two stages.
STAGE 1: 500 Meter Pool Swim in less than 10 minutes
When: 7:30 am / Sunday, February 17
Where: North County Aquatic Complex
861 Toney Penna Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458
- Copy of a valid ARC Lifeguard certification or equivalent
- Copy of AHA or ARC Professional CPR/AED certification
- Download and complete job application
- Bathing suit, goggles, towel
- Optional: Copy of EMT or First Responder certification
STAGE 2: Beach Test – eligible if completed 500 meter swim under 10 minutes
When: 7:30 am / Monday, February 18
Where: Loggerhead Park (meet at lifeguard tower)
14200 US Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408
- A Run/Swim/Run continuously for approximately 20 – 25 minutes
- An oral interview on scheduling availability