Ocean City Beach Patrol Testing for Summer 2020
Ocean City, Maryland – (May 21, 2020): The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) will hold a pre-employment physical skills evaluation on Sunday, May 24th, Monday May 25th and Saturday May 30th, to fill openings in the 2020 employment roster. The pre-employment evaluation is being held in Ocean City, in the area of Dorchester Street and the beach. There are no pre-certification requirements and experience in ocean rescue is not necessary to apply. All training and certifications will be provided in a paid ($15.25 hr) Surf Rescue Academy, which is being conducted in Ocean City, beginning on May 31, 2020 or June 14, 2020.
Registration / check-in for the test begins at 9 a.m. on Dorchester Street and the Boardwalk. Each candidate must have a mask and will have a wellness check (including body temperature) before being accepted to participate in the testing. After orientation, and an English language proficiency test, applicants should prepare for a full day of testing beginning shortly after registration. Candidates will swim 400m, run 300m, perform simulated swimming rescues, and demonstrate the capacity to run fast in timed sprint races. Water-related activities take place in the Atlantic Ocean with all running activities on the beach.
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 24, 2020, 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), which is being conducted in Ocean City beginning on May 31st or June 14th. The SRA is eight days long and provides all training and certifications required to be a Surf Rescue Technician while earning $15.25 per hour.
If interested in the 2021 season, testing for next season begins this August and you may register for future testing dates, beginning on June 15, 2020. For additional information, please contact the Ocean City Beach Patrol at 410-289-7556 or visit www.oceancitymd.gov/ocbp.