Brevard Ocean Lifeguards Undergo Rigorous Training

By  //  May 11, 2014

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Brevard County Ocean Lifeguards responded to 11,984 service calls in 2013, and the department was named Beach Patrol of the Year. (BCFR image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Thirty students took part in beach lifeguard training as they prepare to patrol the coast as part of Brevard County Ocean Rescue.

Thirty students continued beach lifeguard training as they prepare to patrol the coast as part of Brevard County Ocean Rescue. (BCFR image)

Thirty students took part in beach lifeguard training as they prepare to patrol the coast as part of Brevard County Ocean Rescue.(BCFR image)

The training academy includes six weekends of classroom and beach training, as well as a 40-hour first-responder course.

Students learned about shallow-water blackout and beach training consisted of water entry from multiple locations including the Jetty Park pier, water extrication and how to use land lines in rescues.

Brevard County Ocean Lifeguards responded to 11,984 service calls in 2013, and the department was named Beach Patrol of the Year. They work May through October.

Twenty-four towers are now operating on weekends, and that will expand to seven days a week as of Memorial Day.

Twenty-four towers are now operating on weekends, and that will expand to seven days a week as of Memorial Day.

They continue daily through mid-August when school starts back again. At that time, Ocean Rescue will continue with 24 towers on weekends through October, when winter staffing goes down to five full-time towers.

CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from beach training.

For more information about Ocean Rescue, visit BrevardFire.com


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