The Ship Bottom Beach Patrol is responsible for the overall safety of our residents and visitors who enjoy the beaches daily. Lifeguards provide public education designed to prevent aquatic emergencies and establish and maintain the highest standards of professional surf and open water life saving in an effort to maximize public safety. Beach Patrol personnel are trained in accordance with the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) guidelines for Open Water Lifeguards, which includes certification in American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Standard First Aid, and Administering Emergency Oxygen.
The Ship Bottom Beach Patrol holds tryouts for new and returning lifeguards every season in early June at the St. Francis Aquatic Center Pool. Each participant is required to have a note from a medical or osteopathic physician stating they are in good health and can perform all the duties of an open water lifeguard in order to take the test. The test is a 500 meter swim in under 10 minutes which must be passed for returning lifeguards to be eligible for employment and for new lifeguards to be accepted into rookie school.
Beach Patrol personnel start patrolling the beaches on weekends only beginning Memorial Day Weekend up to the first day of the season June 17th to September 30th. While on patrol using All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), lifeguards are ever vigilant for beach goers’ care educating the public on beach awareness and ocean safety.
IN-SEASON: lifeguards are on duty from 10 AM to 6 PM daily 3rd Street, 7th Street, 15th Street, 20th Street, 23rd Street, 26th Street, 30th Street. (the actual placement of the lifeguard stands vary due to beach conditions. Therefore, the guarded swim areas may be more to the north or more to the south of the listed street.)
POST SEASON (Day After Labor Day to September 30th) the only guarded beach is 15th Street.
New and returning lifeguards must complete the forms listed in the Lifeguard Applicants section prior to the swim test and bring with them to their assigned testing slot. Any applicant not having these forms will not be permitted to take the test.
Saturday, June 3, 2023 at the St. Francis Aquatic Center Pool
Last name A-C—–5-6 p.m.
Last name D-J——6-7 p.m.
Rookies or New—-7-8 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 2023 at the St. Francis Aquatic Center Pool
Last name K-R——5-6 p.m.
Last name S-Z —–6-7 p.m.
Rookies or New—7-8 p.m.
For more information, please contact Keith Stokes, Lifeguard Chief/Beach Supervisor by email or call (808) 382-7052.
Drug Testing Dates For Returning Lifeguards Only
• Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lifeguard HQ
• Saturday, May 27, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lifeguard HQ
• Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lifeguard HQ
• Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lifeguard HQ