Ocean City, Maryland – (March 8, 2016): The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) will hold an off-site, pre-employment physical skills evaluation for the 2016 summer season on Saturday, March 12. The pre-employment physical skills evaluation is being held at York College’s Wolf Hall, in York, PA. 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 following the 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, including 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 second Surf Rescue Academy, which will begin in May 2016. Candidates with late August and September availability will be given priority consideration for appointment. The academy is eight days long and all training and certifications will be provided.
For additional information or further testing dates, please contact the Ocean City Beach Patrol at 410-289-7556 or visit www.oceancitymd.gov/ocbp.