If you have a desire to become a lifeguard, either at a public swimming pool or a beach, why not get some early "field experience" with our summer Junior Lifeguard Programs? These are introductory programs that teach skills such as personal water safety, basic rescue techniques, ocean aquatic safety techniques, and others. Both the Introductory Jr. Lifeguard Exploration Program and Ocean Beach Jr. Lifeguard Program are administered through the Parks & Recreation Department (Fernandina Beach Ocean Rescue, a division of the Fernandina Beach Fire Department, is responsible for actual beach lifeguards on Nassau County beaches). Both programs are offered during the summer only (May - August).
Introductory Junior Lifeguard Exploration Program (ages 9-13)
Introduction to personal water safety skills and basic rescue techniques
Exploration of lifeguarding in a variety of aquatic environments: pool; beach; water park; river
Pre-requisites: 1) Swim 25 yards (1 full pool length) continuously. 2) Tread water for 2 minutes.
Ocean BeachJunior Lifeguard Program (ages 10-15)
Ocean aquatic safety techniques
Beach ecology education
Emphasis on physical fitness and personal safety
Team building environment
Mentoring by Ocean Rescue professionals
Pre-requisites: 1) Swim 50 yards (2 pool lengths) using front crawl and/or breaststroke. 2) Swim 10 yards underwater. 3) Tread water for 3 minutes.
Either program: $150 City residents; $187 Non-City
Register at the Atlantic Recreation Center or on-line at www.cofbparksandrec.us. First time users must create accounts.