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The Brevard County Ocean Rescue Division provides for the safe swimming and beach protection to all Brevard County residents, visitors and tourists in designated areas of unincorporated Brevard County. Currently there are 5 full time protected areas and 20 seasonal protected areas at various beach front parks. All Ocean Lifeguards are United States Lifesaving Association certified with a minimum of First Responder training. The scope of responsibility for the lifeguards include accident and drowning prevention, public education, citizen assist, search and recovery of lost children, basic life support, and swimmer rescues.

2017 Lifeguard Tryouts Announced

Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host open tryouts on Saturday, January 14, 2017 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7 a.m. for anyone interested in becoming a seasonal lifeguard.  Tryouts will be at the Rockledge High School swimming pool located at 220 Raider Road, Rockledge, Florida 32955.

The Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association named Brevard County Ocean Rescue the 2013 Beach Patrol of the Year due to outstanding performance and the many improvements that have been made to ensure the beaches in Brevard County are safe. 

Those trying out should report to the swimming pool no later than 7 a.m.  Candidates will not be permitted to test if they are late.  While no lifeguarding experience is necessary, candidates must be over the age of 16 on the day of the tryout and possess strong swimming skills.  All candidates must bring a valid driver's license, Social Security card, appropriate swim attire, a towel, and running shoes.

Candidates will be required to swim 500 yards (20 lengths of the pool) in less than 10 minutes, complete a 1-mile run on a track in under 10 minutes and perform a physical agility test includes push-ups.  Advanced registration is not required, however applicants are reminded that testing will begin promptly and anyone arriving after testing begins will not be permitted to try out.

If selected, completion of the hiring process is dependent on the candidate's ability to pass a background test and successful completion of Ocean Rescue's paid training academy.  The starting pay for ocean lifeguards is $9.89/hour.

Lifeguard Academy Class Dates if selected January 14, 2017(Must attend all dates):

January 28, 29

February 4, 5, 11, 12, 25, 26

March 4. 5, 11, 12

(Subject to Change)

Lifeguard Academy Class Dates if selected March 4, 2017(Must attend all dates):

March 25, 26

April 1, 2, 8, 9, 22, 23, 29, 30

May 6, 7

(Subject to Change)


BREVARD COUNTY -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue, in cooperation with Brevard County Information Technology, has launched an innovative mobile website that takes ensuring beachgoers’ safety to the next level.

Rip current, severe weather, marine life, sun and heat are all factors that visitors to Brevard County beaches need to be educated about and prepared to understand so everyone has an enjoyable visit to the Space Coast. Brevard County Ocean Rescue – named 2013 Beach Patrol of the Year in Florida --  is proud to now offer a beach safety website that is easily accessible from mobile devices.

Visit to access information on:

  • Surf forecast
  • Rip current warnings
  • Hours and locations of Brevard County’s lifeguard towers, with clickable maps
  • Beach safety tips touching on marine life, warning flags, lightning, sun and sand and rip currents
  • Brevard County Fire Rescue and Brevard County Ocean Rescue’s social media accounts
     Read the full press release here
  • Brevard County Ocean Rescue named Florida's Beach Patrol of the Year for 2013.
    Read more here

      Cooperative effort leads to safer environment for beachgoers and lifeguards, comes at cost savings

      Installing new lifeguard tower

      Thanks to several Brevard County departments working together, there's a new look on the beach and it translates to a safer environment for visitors to Brevard County's coast. Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguards are better protected and better able to protect visitors to the county's beaches now that several new towers have been installed.

      The towers give the lifeguards a better vantage point for water observation, better visible presence -- the hope is to encourage beachgoers to congregate near monitored beach areas -- while also offering the lifeguards protection from the elements.

       to read more.


      • To increase the operational readiness and effectiveness of county lifeguard personnel through additional job training and quality reviews.
      • To maximize the use of beach services and resources to enhance both the level and quality of service that would meet the prudent citizen's expectations.
      • To foster inter-agency communication, training, and support with all related agencies.
      • To educate the public to the potential hazards associated with aquatic activities through active and passive community based public education programs.

      The Ocean Lifeguard program is year round. The lifeguard program has approximately 100 seasonal lifeguards, 14 full- time lifeguards and 3 full-time supervisors. Brevard County operates a year round lifeguard tower coverage at five ocean beach locations, and 20 seasonal lifeguard tower locations in Brevard County. The service falls under the direction of Ocean Rescue Chief Eisen Witcher. The Lifeguard towers are located in cities of Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne, Satellite Beach and Cape Canaveral.

      Lifeguard Season:Brevard County Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Towers

      Full time locations (5 towers)

      • Cocoa Beach Pier
      • Shepard Park - Cocoa Beach
      • Lori Wilson Park - Cocoa Beach
      • Minuteman Cswy - Cocoa Beach
      • Paradise/Futch Park - N Indialantic

      Seasonal locations (20 towers)

      • Cheri Down Park - Cape Canaveral
      • Cocoa Beach Pier
      • Shepard Park - Cocoa Beach - 2 towers
      • Fischer Park - Cocoa Beach
      • Lori Wilson Park - Cocoa Beach - 2 towers
      • Minuteman Cswy - Cocoa Beach
      • 16th Street (Murkshe Park) - Cocoa Beach
      • Pelican Park - Satellite Beach - 2 towers
      • Paradise/Futch Park - N Indialantic - 2 towers
      • Nance Park/Boardwalk - Indialantic - 3 towers
      • Ocean Avenue - Melbourne Beach - 1 tower
      • Spessard Holland Park (North) S Melbourne Beach - 2 towers
      • Spessard Holland Park (South) S Melbourne Beach- 1 tower

      Note: Port Canaveral provides year round lifeguard service at Jetty Park.

      For more information regarding the Ocean Lifeguard program, please contact:

      Chief Eisen Witcher (321) 633-2056

      Timothy J. Mills
      Fire Rescue Center

      1040 South Florida Ave.
      Rockledge, FL 32955
      Phone: (321) 633-2056
      Fax: (321) 633-2057

      Fire Chief
      Mark Schollmeyer

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