Ocean City Beach Patrol

109 Talbot Street – Ocean City, MD

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The Ocean City Beach Patrol is an organization of men and women dedicated to ocean rescue and beach safety along the shoreline of Ocean City, MD. We invite you to learn more about us by clicking on the Know your Beach Patrol to the left. If you are someone who loves the ocean and would like to become a part of our organization, be sure to check out the section on jobs.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol starts guarding the 10 miles of beach the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The beaches are guarded seven days a week through Sunfest weekend, which is usually the third weekend following Labor Day in September. This year our last day of guarding is Sunday, September 25th.

The beach patrol is on duty every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. At 5:25 p.m., you will see the lifeguards signaling everyone out of the ocean. This is our way of letting the beach-goers know we are going off duty and they should cease all water-related activities until 10 a.m. the next day when lifeguards are back on duty.

We continue our efforts to educate the public, warning them of the dangers of swimming on unguarded beaches.

Remember our saying: “Keep Your Feet in the Sand until the Lifeguard’s in the Stand.” This is a reminder to never go in the ocean when the beach patrol is not on duty.

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Anyone seeking employment as a Surf Rescue Technician with the Ocean City, Maryland Beach Patrol, must successfully complete all aspects of the pre-employment physical skills evaluation before being appointed to Surf Rescue Training Academy. There are times and distances listed for both “on-site” tests (those held in Ocean City) and “off-site” tests (those held in places such as York College of Pennsylvania). Please register for a test by filling out our Googledocs form.

  • Provide Identification with proof of age.
  • Successfully complete an English language verbal comprehension/proficiency test.
  • Complete a 400m run in 80 seconds or less (off-site) or a 300m soft sand sprint in 65 seconds or less.
  • Complete a 500m swim (off-site) or a 400m ocean swim in 10 minutes or less.
  • Complete a series of simulated rescues with and without the aid of a rescue buoy.
  • Complete a deep-water physical skill evaluation of holds and releases.
  • Complete a victim transport training session and victim removal test.
  • Complete a tower transport training session and a tower transport test.
  • Complete a buoy preparation training session and mock buoy-runs
  • Complete a 125m running sprint with rescue buoy in at least 25sec (off-site).
  • Complete a rescue medley of 150m run, 100m swim through the surf and 150m return run (on-site)
  • Complete a candidate questionnaire and actively participate in an informational interview with beach patrol staff.

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