2020 St. Johns County Lifeguard Program
Due to COVID-19, St. Johns County Marine Rescue has made several changes to the training and hiring process for seasonal lifeguards. Please contact Lt. Jessica Earl at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in employment.
Become an Ocean Lifeguard! St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) to hold annual seasonal lifeguard tryouts for the 2020 beach season. We are in need of highly motivated and qualified personnel to help staff our beaches this summer. Details on the seasonal hiring process and the 2020 Training Academy are posted below.
Step 1: Initial Paperwork
Please contact Lt. Jessica Earl at email@example.com, so you can be placed on a contact list and receive any updated information. You must use the official St. Johns County forms posted below.
Physical Exam Form – Must be 100% complete, signed by you, and signed and stamped by the doctor of your choice. You can only use the provided form; incomplete forms will not be accepted.
Lifeguard Academy Training Waiver – Must be signed and notarized. If you are over 18, do not fill out your information in the parent guardian section. If you are under 18, you will need to have this section completed by your parent / guardian. Please be advised that you are allowed to attend the Marine Rescue Academy at 17 yrs old, but will not be eligible to be employed by St. Johns County until after your 18th birthday.
Background Authorization Form – Complete the form and attach a copy of your driver’s license and social security card. If you do not have a social security card you will need to apply for a new one, visit faq.ssa.gov for more information.
Step 2: Attend Tryout
All guards are required to attend a physical qualification test and pass the following standards prior to the start of the Marine Rescue Academy. Tryouts will be held at the Solomon Calhoun Pool, unless otherwise noted.
500 Meter Swim in under 10:00 minutes
½ Mile Run in under 3:30 minutes
Date & Time
Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10
You must pre-register for a tryout time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Solomon Calhoun Pool, 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
Step 3: Attend Marine Rescue Training Academy
All potential new guards are required to attend the Marine Rescue Academy in order to be eligible for hire with St. Johns County Marine Rescue. The Marine Rescue Academy consist of 40 hours of Emergency Medical Responder, 8 hours of CPR, 40 hours of advanced USLA surf rescue training. Everyone is required to attend the Academy in its entirety regardless of previous experience with other beaches or advanced medical training (guards will receive bonus ranking points for EMT, Paramedic certifications).
Due to regulations and recommendations surrounding COVID-19 we will be adjusting our method of Instruction and class size to ensure the safety of all participants and Instructors. The course will be a combination of online instruction and practical classroom sessions.
Marine Rescue Academy
You will be given an access code for online portion of the class after you successfully complete a tryout.
Classroom Sessions: Monday, May 11 – Saturday, May 23
Class will be broken into sessions based on number of participants. Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are available. Please contact Lt. Jessica Earl at email@example.com, for more information about classroom sessions.