Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Tryouts Set For Saturday

By  //  January 22, 2014

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ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Ocean Rescue want you to arrive at the beach ready for some fun, but also armed with knowledge on how to be safe. You can have peace of mind knowing highly trained, professional lifeguards are keeping watch over the county swimming areas. Brevard County Ocean Rescue tirelessly works to constantly improve safety on Brevard’s beaches has earned then the honor of being named 2013 Beach Patrol of the Year in Florida. Be prepared and know before you go, especially when it comes to rip currents.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host the first of two open tryouts next week for seasonal lifeguards, looking to fill at least 50 positions. Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from March to October this year.

Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host the first of two open tryouts next week for seasonal lifeguards, looking to fill at least 50 positions. Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from March to October this year. (BCFR image)

Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host the first of two open tryouts next week for seasonal lifeguards, looking to fill at least 50 positions. Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from March to October this year. (BCFR image)

Those trying out should be at Rockledge High School by 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. A second tryout will be on March 22.

Candidates must be at the swimming pool by 7 a.m. or they will not be permitted to test. While no lifeguarding experience is necessary, candidates must be over the age of 16 on the day of the tryout and possess strong swimming skills.

All candidates must bring a valid driver’s License, Social Security card, appropriate swim attire, a towel and running shoes.

Being named Beach Patrol of the Year by the Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association is a prestigious honor, which has been awarded annually since 1993, and bestowed upon the best agencies in the lifeguard profession in the state of Florida.

Lifeguard candidates will be required to swim 500 yards (20 lengths of the pool) in less than 10 minutes, complete a 2-mile run on a track in under 20 minutes and perform a physical agility test that includes push-ups.

Candidates will be required to swim 500 yards (20 lengths of the pool) in less than 10 minutes, complete a 2-mile run on a track in under 20 minutes and perform a physical agility test that includes push-ups. Advanced registration is not required, however applicants are reminded that testing will begin promptly and anyone arriving after testing begins will not be permitted to try out.

If selected, completion of the hiring process is dependent on the candidate’s ability to pass a background test and successful completion of Ocean Rescue’s paid training academy. The starting pay for ocean lifeguards is $9.46 per hour.

For additional information on the tryouts and Brevard County Ocean Rescue, visit the department’s page at BrevardFire.com or contact the Ocean Rescue staff at 321-633-2056.


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