Ocean Rescue Lifeguards

Become a Charleston County Lifeguard

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

Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Requirements

  • Must be 16 years-old
  • Must complete a physical fitness test to include, but not limited to:
  • Must complete an interview with management staff
  • 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 Lifeguard.
  • Review candidate letter (PDF)

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.


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