2021 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 jearl@sjcfl.us if you are interested in employment.

Become an Ocean Lifeguard! St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) to hold annual seasonal lifeguard tryouts for the 2021 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 2021 Training Academy are posted below.

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Step 1: Initial Paperwork

Please contact Lt. Jessica Earl at jearl@sjcfl.us, so you can be placed on a contact list and receive any updated information.

Please Note: You must use the official St. Johns County forms posted below. All paperwork and required documents must be uploaded to the St .Johns County On Boarding System. Please follow the directions in the attached instructions to create an account and upload the required initial paperwork and supporting documents. All paperwork must be uploaded into the system prior to attending a tryout. You will receive an email confirmation that you have successfully uploaded the documents.

  • 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.

  • Complete Marine Rescue Online Application

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, December 26, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 9, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 25, 10 a.m.


  • 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).

Marine Rescue Academy

Class starts Saturday May 1st and runs through Saturday May 23, 2021

  • Class is held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, 6-10 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • You are expected to attend every class, if you have an individual concern regarding class attendance please contact Lt. Earl at jearl@sjcfl.us
  • Mandatory New Hire Orientation Meeting is Wednesday, May 19, 3 p.m.
  • Mandatory Staff Meeting is Wednesday, May 26, 5 p.m.

Important Deadlines

  • Initial paperwork due by Friday April 30, or at the time of the tryout whichever occurs first.
  • Last scheduled tryout you can attend is Sunday April 25 at 10 a.m.
  • 1st day of class is Saturday, May 1, 2021.

For more information on employment with SJCFR Marine Rescue, please call (904) 209-0340, email jearl@sjcfl.us, or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sjcfirerescue.

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