The Summer Job We All Want

The Summer Job Hunt

Summer is swiftly approaching and for teens, students, teachers and others alike, this means it’s time to start applying for a summer job. Luckily for the Long Beach Island community, a shore town is the perfect location to work during the summer season. A majority of businesses only open in the late spring/summertime and depend upon additional seasonal employees to deal with the heavy foot traffic of those traveling to the beach.

Although there are plenty of small businesses, department stores and restaurants looking to hire extra hands for the summertime, no summer job beats being an ocean lifeguard. While local businesses experience an influx of customers with the warm weather, the beaches gain just as many, if not more, daily visitors in need of lifeguards.

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What to Expect

Being an ocean lifeguard is an extremely demanding job, requiring strong athletic ability, a commanding knowledge of First Aid and CPR procedures, as well as constant awareness of your surroundings and the happenings on the beach.

Becoming an ocean lifeguard is no simple task. Each beach patrol has different standards you have to meet to be eligible to guard. Most patrols conduct some type of tryout involving a swim test and passing a First Aid and CPR test. While some patrols also include a short interview process, an Ocean Lifeguard Training Course, and/or require becoming certified in EMR (Emergency Medical Response) as well.

Of course, the training doesn’t stop at tryouts. Staying in peak physical fitness is an important part of being a lifeguard. You need to be able jump off the stand, sprint to the water and swim out to a struggling beach patron at a moment’s notice, or race down to a neighboring beach if they radio for help. Most patrols have mandatory workouts for an hour before the workday begins and also expect you to be working out periodically throughout the day. Not only is important to be in shape to remain rescue ready, but many beach patrols also participate in lifeguard tournaments. These competitions consist of a multitude of races where participants compete against opposing patrols in running, swimming, paddling and rowing events.

Ocean lifeguarding is definitely the most exciting summer job out there; constantly keeping you on your toes and active. Lifeguarding also provides an incredible group of friends that tend to become your second family. The entire lifeguarding community, although sometimes competitive with each other, is also a close knit group, composed of people with shared experiences that only those who are lifeguards can truly relate to. 

Ocean Lifeguard Opportunities on LBI

Upcoming tryout/testing information:

Barnegat Light Beach Patrol

  • Saturday, June 3rd at 10:00am
  • Meet at the Borough Water Tower, West 10th Street, BL at 9:30am
  • 10:00-11:00 – Lifeguard swim tryouts, 200m swim
  • 11:00-1:00 – Mandatory urine screening
  • Will eventually need to complete a 500m swim within 10min or participate in the Ocean Mile Swim

Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol

  • Sunday, May 28th and Sunday, June 4th at 12:00pm
  • Meet at 80th Street, HC
  • Employee Policy review, CPR and First Aid courses will be after the swim test at Borough Hall on both test dates

Surf City Beach Patrol

  • Saturday, May 20th at 10:00am – New Applicants
  • Sunday, May 21st at 10:00am – Returning Applicants
  • St. Francis Community Pool, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach
  • 500m swim within 10min; Retrieve submerged dive brick; Brief interview

Ship Bottom Beach Patrol

  • Sunday, May 21st at 5:00pm
  • St. Francis Community Pool, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach
  • 500m swim within 10min and urinalysis screening for drugs and alcohol

Long Beach Township Beach Patrol

  • Saturdays, May 6th; 13th; 20th; 27th at 5:30pm – by appointment
  • St. Francis Community Pool, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach
  • Saturday, May 27th and Sunday May 28th at 9:00am
  • Bayview Park, 68th Street
  • Both veteran and new lifeguards must swim 500 meters within 10min
  • First Aid and CPR, EMR, and OLTC course times listed on our calendar

Beach Haven Beach Patrol

  • Saturday, June 3rd at 10:00am
  • Beach Patrol headquarters, located at Centre Street and the beach in Beach Haven
  • 500m swim within 10min; Timed one mile run in the sand; Simulated water rescue; Short interview
  • Mandatory pre-employment drug/alcohol screening urinalysis

Check out our calendar for more information on tryouts and other upcoming events.

Interested in Social Media or Blogging?

Rescue Threads is looking for people who are immersed in the lifeguarding community and would be interested in creating social media posts or writing blogs that highlight the lifeguard lifestyle. If this is something that appeals to you, please send your resume to with a brief summary of your experience lifeguarding and why you would be a good fit at Rescue Threads. 


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  • Robert Selfridge

    Nice article.

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