The Ocean City, New Jersey Beach Patrol is gearing up for the summer season and beefing up its team of lifeguards. Tryouts are soon, so here's everything you need to know.

Forgive me that I can't help but hum the Baywatch theme song as I type this.


Ocean City, New Jersey Holding Tryouts for New Lifeguards

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Ocean City Beach Patrol is auditioning rookie lifeguard candidates.

OCBP says lifeguarding for them is the best summer job out there for 'ocean lovers and athletes of all kinds and ages'.

Well, not ALL ages, lol. There are some requirements. If you're 16 or older, or 15 turning 16-year-old by July 15, 2024, you can apply to tryout to become an Ocean City lifeguard and help protect swimmers at one of the most visited family-friendly beaches at the Jersey Shore.

How to Become an Ocean City, New Jersey Lifeguard

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Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard tryouts take place Saturday, June 1, 2024, according to, at 18th Street Beach. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Testing begins at 9 a.m.

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Interested lifeguard candidates must bring doctor-signed physical and participate in a standard competitive testing process which includes the following:

  • 500-meter box swim for time
  • 500-meter box paddle for time
  • 1/2-mile beach run under 3:45
  • 500-meter erg for time
  • Surf Dash (short sprint from beach to stomach-deep water and back) for time
  • Interview

Fill out this form before June 1st if you want to take your shot at joining the Ocean City Beach Patrol for Summer 2024.

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Good luck and go make a difference this summer! Hope to see you (but not need to be saved by you) on the Ocean City sand.

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