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Ocean Rescue (3939 North Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33431 - (561) 393-7820  Map)


Old Pavilion on South Beach Park
The Boca Raton Beach Patrol was established in the 1940s. In 1969, it was one of the first East Coast chapters of the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), then known as the National Surf Life Saving Association.

Today, Boca Raton Ocean Rescue consists of fifty highly-trained personnel, safeguarding two and one half miles of beautiful oceanfront beach.

The beaches in Boca Raton are pristine, with a natural dune lining the beaches. Rather than allowing vehicles to park along State Road A1A, beautiful parks with winding paths have been created which allow vehicles to be parked in tree-lined splendor.

Spanish River Park, has tunnels under A1A, so that beach-goers do not have to cross traffic to access the beach.

Red Reef Park, on the East side of A1A, contains a golf course and a coral reef that extends nearly to the shore.

South Beach Park has a pavilion that oversees the beach from high atop the dune. Free parking is available for beach-goers who want to park along Palmetto Park Road or Spanish River Road.
City of Boca Raton, Ocean Rescue
Ocean Lifeguard
Unclassified/Part-Time Position
$12.07/hr - Qualification Test & New Test Date

DESCRIPTION/MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Performs responsible protective service work in ocean rescue operations in accordance with established guidelines and policies.
  • Observes beach and ocean from tower for unusual and/or unsafe conditions and activities.
  • Signals boaters, surfers and jet skiers to stay out of safe swimming areas.
  • Maintains an awareness of life-threatening situations.
  • Patrols beach on foot and warns beach patrons of dangerous conditions and situations.
  • Carries rescue boards, oxygen equipment and first aid kits to and from the beach.
  • Treats beach patrons for minor first-aid injuries.
  • General knowledge of the laws, ordinances and policies related to emergency services in ocean rescue.
  • Must be able to prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Must pass annual requalification tests.
  • Must have a combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.
  • Must have 20/30 corrected vision in both eyes.
  • Must have lifeguard experience in one of the following:
    • United States Lifesaving Association (Open Water Card);
    • American Red Cross (Lifeguarding Today Card);
    • YMCA (Lifeguard Training Card); or
    • Past lifeguarding experience.
  • Must possess Red Cross CPR for the professional rescuer, or American Heart Association Healthcare Provider.
  • Must possess Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety or D.O.T. First Responder. CERTIFICATIONS MUST ACCOMPANY THE APPLICATION.

Tests will be given one Wednesday a month 8AM Ocean Rescue Headquaters (3939 N. Ocean Blvd.), Approximately four (4) days per week, must be willing to work all Saturdays, Sundays, and Hoilidays eight (8) hours per day.

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Recorded Message: 24 hour JOB LINE (561) 393-7981 - - - - TDD (561) 367-7043

TO REQUEST DISABILITY ACCOMODATIONS CALL HUMAN RESOURCES AT (561) 393-7801 NO LATER THAN ONE DAY PRIOR TO APPLICATION DEADLINE AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F/V/D ADA

COPIES AND ORIGINALS OF CERTIFICATIONS MUST BE PRESENTED ALONG WITH APPLICATION. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO MAKE COPIES OF THE REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS PRIOR TO SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CPR (one of the following):
    • Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer
    • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider
  • First Aid (one of the following):
    • Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety
    • D.O.T. First Responder
  • Lifeguard Experience (one of the following):
    • United States Lifesaving Association (open water card-must be valid)
    • American Red Cross (lifeguarding card does not have to be current)
    • YMCA (lifeguard training card does not have to be current)
    • Past lifeguarding experience
Lifeguard TrainingIf you wish to apply for an Ocean Lifeguard position, you should complete a City Application for Employment and submit it to the Human Resources Division no later than 5:00 PM on the posted closing date. Additionally, you should comply with the testing instructions outlined on the attached sheet.

The City of Boca Raton will be administering a swimming test for Ocean Lifeguards on Wednesdays 8 AM at Ocean Rescue Headquarters. A copy of the test outline is attached for your information. Please bring a swimsuit, goggles, a towel, and original required certifications on the test date. If the weather is inclement, the test may be rescheduled.

The purpose of the test is to fill our current vacancies and to establish a list of qualified candidates for future openings.

PLEASE NOTE: THE VISION REQUIREMENTS ARE 20/30 CORRECTED, EACH EYE.

THE OCEAN LIFEGUARD TEST:

Lifeguard TrainingApplicant must be able to pass, in order of succession, each section of the test. If the applicant fails a section, that will disallow the applicant to continue the test, and will be disqualifed at that point. The test consists of the following:
  1. 500 meter swim in the ocean in 10 minutes or less.
  2. Run 200 yards down beach, swim one hundred yards out to a submerged victim and cross chest him/her back to shore, then perform packstrap carry to high tide line.
  3. Demonstrate CPR and choking skills.