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 (Saturday before Father’s Day) 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. During the regular season lifeguards are on duty from 10 AM to 6 PM daily. In the post-season (day after Labor Day to September 30th) only 7th, 15th, and 20th street beaches have lifeguards on duty.
Thank you for your interest in obtaining a position as an open water, ocean lifeguard for the Borough of Ship Bottom. The Ship Bottom Beach Patrol will be holding its annual swim test on June 6 and 13, 2020 at the St. Francis Aquatic Center Pool located at 4700 Long Beach Boulevard Long Beach Township, NJ 08008. Testing will begin at 5:00 PM. Each applicant 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 includes a 500 meter swim (22 lengths), which must be completed in less than 10 minutes. Applicants interested in becoming lifeguards must also participate in a urinalysis screening for drugs and alcohol.
The following documents are to be submitted at the time of your swim test. If you do not have any of these documents you will not be able to participate in the swim test.
1. Application (click here to download)
2. Physical – Medical or Osteopathic Physician’s Form (click here to download)
3. W-4 (New hires only) (click here to download)
4. I-9 w/proper ID (New hires only) (click here to download)
5. New Jersey Working Papers – must be completed by anyone under the age of 18.
For more information, please contact Keith Stokes, Lifeguard Chief/Beach Supervisor by email or call (808) 382-7052.
2019 Drug Testing Dates For Returning Lifeguards Only
- May 2, 2020 9AM – 12PM at Beach Patrol HQ
- May 9, 2020 9AM – 12PM at Beach Patrol HQ
- May 16, 2020 9AM – 12PM at Beach Patrol HQ
- May 30, 2020 9AM – 12PM at Beach Patrol HQ
Lifeguard In Training Program
The final deadline for 2020 LIT application is June 1, 2020. Please note that the program will likely fill before the deadline and some may be placed on a waiting list, especially for morning sessions. A completed application includes the following items:
● 2020 Application Form (must be completed online in one sitting)
● Proof of Health Insurance (*photocopy of insurance card must be emailed)
Please submit the application form online and then email all remaining application items as noted above (*) in a single email to Nora Covert and Katie Farrell, LIT Directors, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications that are incomplete or missing information will NOT be accepted. Applications will NOT be accepted in person or via mail at Borough Hall.
You will receive a confirmation letter and payment slip via email once your application is processed. You must print the payment slip and mail it to Borough Hall along with your payment in order to confirm your child’s enrollment in the program. Payments will not be accepted without the payment slip. Registered participants will then receive a Welcome Letter via email during the week of June 8th.
Age Group, Session, and Fee Information:
**Applicants MUST be at least 10 years of age by the start of the program in order to be eligible to participate.
Please note the 10-12 year old morning and afternoon sessions are full.
The 10-12 year old age group (Tuesday, Thursday) will run from Tuesday, June 23rd through Thursday, July 30th. The end of the year party will be on Tuesday, August 4th. Your child will be assigned to either the morning (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) or the afternoon (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) session. The 10-12 year old program fee is $100.
Please note the 13-15 year old morning session is full.
The 13-15 year old age group (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) will run from Monday, June 22nd through Friday, July 31st. The end of the year party will be on Monday, August 3rd. Your child will be assigned to either the morning (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) or the afternoon (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) session. The 13-15 year old program fee is $125.
Important Program Information:
Please note that the LIT Program is a NON-REFUNDABLE program. Please be mindful that we try our best to accommodate preferences for specific sessions, but space is limited and session assignments are made on a first come first served basis. By submitting an application you acknowledge that your child may be placed in either session (morning or afternoon).
Application items will only be accepted via email. You will receive an email with a confirmation letter once your application is received and processed. The letter will contain payment instructions to confirm your child’s enrollment in the program.
Please contact LIT Program Directors Nora Covert and Katie Farrell by email (email@example.com) with any questions.
Ship Bottom Beach Badge Checker
Lifeguard Chief/Beach Supervisor
Beach Wheels & Ramps
Beach Wheels for Handicapped access to the beach are available at Beach Operations Headquarters. Beach Wheels are available with advance reservation by calling the Ship Bottom Beach Patrol at (609) 494-9481 In-Season and (609) 494-2171 ext. 116 Off-Season.Ramps are available for the physically challenged at 4th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and 25th Streets. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 AM to 6 PM in season. Surfing in designated areas only at those times.