Ocean City, Maryland – (April 11 2016): The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) will hold its final off-site pre-employment physical skills evaluation for the 2016 summer season on Sunday, May 1. The pre-employment evaluation is being held in Ocean Pines at the Ocean Pines Sports Core Pool. There are no pre-certification requirements and experience in ocean rescue is not necessary to apply.
Registration for the test begins at 10 a.m.; however, applicants should prepare for orientation and a full day of testing beginning shortly after registration. Candidates will be required to swim 500m, run 400m, perform simulated swimming rescues and demonstrate the capacity to run fast in timed sprint races. All water related activities will take place in an indoor pool with all running activities outside.
Although pre-registration is not required, candidates are strongly encouraged to pre-register for the test by visiting www.ococean.com/ocbp. The Beach Patrol requires acceptable proof of age of all candidates, which can be a driver’s license, birth certificate or U.S. passport. Without proper proof of age, applicants will not be permitted to participate. In addition, applicants must be 17 years old or older prior to June 27 and those under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian during the entire testing process.
Following the physical skills evaluation, those meeting qualifying standards are eligible for appointment to the Beach Patrol’s Surf Rescue Academy (SRA) in Ocean City. Candidates will have a choice of attending one of two academies, which are held in mid-May and June. The SRA is eight days long and provides all training and certifications required to be a Surf Rescue Technician, while earning $13.29 per hour, with an increased rate of $14.65 after a three week probation period. Successful candidates who are available for the May academy will earn approximately $2,500 more than those who begin employment in June.
For additional information, including future testing dates, please contact the Ocean City Beach Patrol at 410-289-7556 or visit www.oceancitymd.gov/ocbp.