Ocean Rescue Lifeguards

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Charleston County Parks has been an Advanced Certified Lifeguard Agency with the United States Lifesaving Association since 1994, and each Ocean Rescue Lifeguard is certified to the level of a South Carolina Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Responder or higher.

We begin recruiting lifeguard and aquatic safety staff in December. Search for available opportunities online.

Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Requirements 

  • Must be 16 years-old
  • Must complete an interview with management staff
  • Must complete a physical fitness test to include, but not limited to: 
    • 500 meters (550 yards) swim test in nine minutes (pool) or 10 minutes (open water)
    • One-mile run in 7:45 (track) or eight minutes (beach)
  • Must pass a drug test
  • Must complete all scheduled pre-season trainings, including Rookie School for first-year Ocean Rescue Lifeguards and Surf School for all Ocean Rescue Lifeguards

Minimum Weekly Training Requirements

  • Run 5 miles 
  • Swim 1,600 yards 
  • Paddle 1,600 yards on paddleboard 
  • Kayak 1,600 yards 
  • Practice spinal immobilization and rescue techniques for 30 minutes 
  • Practice Adult, Child, and Infant CPR at least twice a week for a total of no less than 30 minutes in each category 
  • Practice the use of the AED, Suction, and First Aid for at least 30 minutes each week
  • Practice rescues and drills will be held regularly without notice. Each situation should be addressed as if it were an actual rescue.

Compensation

Ocean Rescue Lifeguard compensation is $13 per hour, with an average work week of 30-40 hours.