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Once you pass the Pre-Employment Physical Skill Evaluation (PEPSE) you will be offered an appointment to a paid Surf Rescue Training Academy (SRA). You will have your choice of one of the two SRAs that take place in Ocean City, Maryland. NOTE: There is a significant financial benefit to enrolling in the first Academy.
Once registered for a specific testing date and location you will receive a “Pop-Up” confirmation and you will receive additional correspondence through the E-Mail address you supply as your testing date gets closer.
SRA I = Sunday, May 21 – 28, 2023 or SRA II = Sunday, June 18 – 25, 2023
Testing Dates 2023
Registration and Check-in TBD (between 9:00 – 10:00)
March 5, 2023 (Sunday) – Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland (for 2023)
March 19, 2023 (Sunday) – York College, York, Pennsylvania (for 2023)
March 26, 2023 (Sunday) – Richard A. Henson YMCA in Salisbury, Maryland (for 2023)
April 2, 2023 (Sunday) – Arundel Aquatics Center, Annapolis, Maryland (for 2023)
April 30, 2023 (Sunday) – Ocean Pines Sports Core Pool, Ocean Pines, Maryland (for 2023)
June 3, 2023 (Saturday) – OCBP HQ, Ocean City, Maryland (for 2023)
Only available for Surf Rescue Academy II (June 18, 2023)
June 3, 2023 (Saturday) – OCBP HQ, Ocean City, Maryland (for 2023)
No certifications or previous lifeguarding experience needed.
The Ocean City Beach Patrol conducts Pre-Employment Physical Skills Evaluations (PEPSE) in Ocean City, Maryland every summer to qualify candidates for the following season’s Surf Rescue Academies that take place in May and June. Registration opportunities for the following season’s Pre-Employment Physical Skills Evaluations are published once the final testing for the current season is completed. If interested in participating in our PEPSE, please use this link register for a specific date and location.
Anyone seeking employment as a Surf Rescue Technician with the Ocean City, Maryland Beach Patrol, must successfully complete all phases of the pre-employment physical skills evaluation before being appointed to Surf Rescue Training Academy.
- Candidates must pass a wellness check including body temperature.
- Candidates must provide identification with proof of age before being afforded the opportunity to participate in the PEPSE.
- Candidates must pass an oral English proficiency test.
Candidates demonstrate the capacity to perform these Physical Skill Requirements:
- Complete a 400m sprint in 75 seconds or less (off-site) or a 300m soft sand sprint in 65 seconds or less on the beach.
- Complete a 500m swim (off-site) or a 400m ocean swim in 10 minutes or less.
Candidates receive instruction, are provided the opportunity to practice, and then be evaluated on the following skills:
- Complete a series of simulated rescues with and without the aid of a rescue buoy.
- 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 deep-water physical skill evaluation of holds and releases.
Candidates participate in a Structured Interview
- Complete a personalized questionnaire.
- Participate in an interview with beach patrol staff.
How do I train for the test?
Interested candidates frequently asked questions.
Q: What is an S.R.T.?
A: SRT stands for Surf Rescue Technician. This is the title earned by the men and women who have demonstrated competency in the techniques and skills required for surf rescue. The SRT’s duties include educating the public, warning swimmers of potential danger, rescuing distressed swimmers, responding to emergency situations, administering first aid, reuniting lost and found individuals, enforcing city ordinances, and other duties as assigned. The Beach Patrol is on duty everyday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. starting the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and continuing 7 days a week though the third the Sunday after Labor Day. An SRT works 43.5 hours a week with days off.
Q: When are the Tests?
A: Although testing for the OCBP is offered on a walk-in-basis, we encourage candidates to call Captain Arbin to register for a specific date and to get the particulars of a location. Since we suspend testing once all positions are filled, we encourage you to select an early test date. If you are unable to attend these dates, keep in contact with the Beach Patrol to learn of additional schedule dates. Beach Patrol 410-289 7556.
Q: What Must I Do to Pass the Test?
A: We are looking for athletic, ambitious and responsible men and women who are 16* years of age or older. Every candidate must be able to perform the following tasks: Run in soft sand; swim in ocean water, enter and exit the ocean through the surf, move an unconscious person of 150 lbs., see for 400 meters; hear and locate whistle blast from 300 meters; speak and read the English language. Inability to perform these tasks will result in disqualification from the testing process. As previously stated, training for the job is provided by the Ocean City Beach Patrol during Surf Rescue Academy. Prior to entering Academy, each candidate must pass a vigorous, physical test consisting of the phases described above in succession.
Q: What Certifications Do I Need for the Job?
A: Ocean/Surf Rescue is significantly more challenging and rewarding than pool or lake guarding. It is also true that the O.C.B.P. does not require ANY certification for candidates to be eligible for employment. However, candidates can be assured that all necessary skills, techniques, procedures and protocols will be taught to them as part of our Surf Rescue Academy: an eight (8) day paid training program conducted by Beach Patrol instructors with support from other public safety agencies followed by 3 weeks of supervised on the job probation. Because of the uniqueness of the jobs demands, the Beach Patrol does not accept certification or experience credit from other agencies. All aspects of becoming an S.R.T. will be taught to you. Although certifications earned from agencies such as the American Red Cross or the Heart Association will be helpful in carrying out the responsibilities of the position, we do NOT require you have them prior to taking our pre employment skill evaluation.
Q: What are the Pay Scales Like?
A: P-SRTs in training (including the time during Surf Rescue Training Academy) = $17.75/hr., SRT I = $17.75/hr., Assistant Crew Chief = $18.20/hr., SRT II Crew Chief = $19.55/hr.
Q: Could You Use $775.00 a Week?
A: A rookie Surf Rescue Technician (SRT) who enters our Surf Rescue Academy in May and continues work following a normal schedule through Labor Day weekend has the earning potential of $13,000.00 for the season. An additional $2,300.00 is available if the SRT works until the final day of our season which is typically the third Sunday of September. Calculated out, this comes to over $775.00 earning potential a week. There are also opportunities for additional work through other special opportunities for additional pay that include before and after hour coverage, competition team workouts, and end of season close-down responsibilities.
*The Mayor and City Council reserve the right to adjust any rate of pay listed above.
Q: If I Pass the Test, What Training will I Receive?
A: After satisfactorily completing all phases of the pre employment physical skill evaluation, the candidate will be appointed on a probationary basis to Surf Rescue Academy. While on probation, the candidate will receive instruction in open water rescues, beach patrol policies and procedures, basic oceanography, use of rescue equipment, first aid, C.P.R., Semaphore Communications (a series of signals using flags) radio protocol, and physical training consistent with the demands of the job. Successful completion of all phases of Surf Rescue Academy is required to earn SRT rank and assignment to the beach. All phases of Surf Rescue Academy must be completed in succession as determined by the coordinator of training. Candidates receiving an appointment will have several Surf Rescue Academies to choose from beginning the week before Memorial Day and as late as the 3rd full week in June.
Q: How can the O.C.B.P. Assist Me in My Future?
A: In addition to providing a memorable experience, the Beach Patrol will also serve as a valuable reference for future educational and career opportunities. Furthermore, many past employees credit the Beach Patrol experience as being the single most influential turning point in their lives and the foundation upon which their life’s success is based.
Q: Are there any other Positions Offered by the Patrol?
A: The OCBP does not offer part-time employment to new employees. We require our part-time employees have at least one year of successful experience with the Ocean City beach patrol. Employees on probation are not eligible for part-time work. Although 95% of our employees are Surf Rescue Technicians, we do offer 2 additional job classifications that do not have the same physical requirements:
Surf Beach Facilitator– Establishes, maintains, and enforces the boundaries between swimmers and surfers. S.B.F.’s educate beach patrons as to how the surfing beach operates and rotates (6 positions)
Secretary– Supports the administration of the Beach Patrol. (1.5 positions)Each summer we employ individuals for the position of Surfing Beach Facilitator (S.B.F.). Since the duties of the position differ from those of the S.R.T., the qualifications and training correspond more directly with the responsibilities of the job. If you would like more information about the duties of the S.B.F., please call or write any of the individuals below, or e-mail us at [email protected].
Q: What if I Need More Info.?
A: We encourage all potential employees to ask as many questions as necessary in preparation for the test and job. If there are issues not addressed on this Web site, please feel free to contact us: Captain Arbin, [email protected], (301)932-2020; O.C.B.P. Headquarters, [email protected], 109 Talbot Street, Ocean City, MD 21842; or call (410)289-7556, or (410)289-8826.
Q: Do you offer Housing?
A: The Town of Ocean City has made housing available for approximately 25 Beach Patrol employees for the summer season. This housing is only available to those who have passed the pre-employment skills evaluation and have been appointment to the Training Academy or those who are current Beach Patrol employees. Information on these housing opportunities will be given to all those who pass the skills evaluation. For more help with housing touch base with veterans and other new employees at Ocean City Beach Patrol Facebook site. Since this housing is limited, we encourage potential employees to contact the Chamber of Commerce in Ocean City. The Chamber is able to give you a full listing of rental business and contacts. The Chamber of commerce can be reached at 410-213-0552. You can also visit their offices on Route 50 in West Ocean City. You can also contact the Visitor Information Center at 1-800-OCOCEAN. Note: Once you get involved with the Beach Patrol, it has been our experience that veteran employees are helpful in assisting you find suitable accommodations. Additionally the Beach Patrol has an e-mail distribution list and can forward housing inquires to all Current employees. Contact Captain Arbin for assistance with this method.