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Brevard County Ocean Rescue

The Brevard County Ocean Rescue Division provides for the safe swimming and beach protection to all Brevard County residents, visitors and tourists in designated areas of unincorporated Brevard County. Currently there are 5 full time protected areas and 19 seasonal protected areas at various beach front parks. All Ocean Lifeguards are United States Lifesaving Association certified with a minimum of First Responder training. The scope of responsibility for the lifeguards include accident and drowning prevention, public education, citizen assist, search and recovery of lost children, basic life support, and swimmer rescues.

         New-hire candidates ready to start lifeguard academy

Swimmers do the 500-yard swim as part of the Ocean Rescue lifegurd tryout

BREVARD COUNTY -- Ocean Rescue had 70 people attend its second tryout on March 22. Staff was able to select 33 new hire candidates, in addition to the 19 from the first tryout in January, for the final new-hire lifeguard academy. They will undergo two months of rigorous classroom and beach training, including instruction on blood-borne pathogens and hazardous materials awareness.

Brevard County Ocean Lifeguards responded to 11,984 service calls in 2013, and was named Beach Patrol of the Year.

This weekend, the candidates start first-responder and CPR training. They work May through October.

Twenty-four towers are now operating on weekends, and that will expand to seven days a week as of Memorial Day. They continue daily through mid-August when school starts back again. At that time, Ocean Rescue will continue with 24 towers on weekends through October, when winter staffing goes down to five full-time towers.

Cooperative effort leads to safer environment for beachgoers and lifeguards, comes at cost savings

Installing new lifeguard tower

Thanks to several Brevard County departments working together, there's a new look on the beach and it translates to a safer environment for visitors to Brevard County's coast. Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguards are better protected and better able to protect visitors to the county's beaches now that several new towers have been installed.

The towers give the lifeguards a better vantage point for water observation, better visible presence -- the hope is to encourage beachgoers to congregate near monitored beach areas -- while also offering the lifeguards protection from the elements.

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Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host two open tryouts for seasonal lifeguards at Rockledge High School on January 25, 2014 and March 22, 2014.  The tryout will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. Candidates must be at the swimming pool by 7:00 a.m. or they will not be permitted to test.

While no lifeguarding experience is necessary, candidates must be over the age of 16 and possess strong swimming skills.  Anyone wishing to try out for one of the open positions must bring with them: a valid Driver’s License, Social Security card, appropriate swim attire/towel, and running shoes.

All candidates will be required to swim 500 meters in less than 10 minutes and complete a 1-mile run in under 10 minutes.  Advanced registration is not required, however applicants are reminded that testing will begin promptly and anyone arriving after testing begins will not be permitted to try out.

If selected, completion of the hiring process is dependant on the candidate’s ability to pass a background test and successful completion of a paid training course.   The starting pay for ocean lifeguards is $9.46/hour.  Currently, Ocean Rescue is seeking to staff 50 seasonal positions that will operate from March-October 2014.

For additional information on the tryouts and Brevard County Ocean Rescue, please visit contact the Ocean Rescue staff at (321) 633-2056.


  • To increase the operational readiness and effectiveness of county lifeguard personnel through additional job training and quality reviews.
  • To maximize the use of beach services and resources to enhance both the level and quality of service that would meet the prudent citizen's expectations.
  • To foster inter-agency communication, training, and support with all related agencies.
  • To educate the public to the potential hazards associated with aquatic activities through active and passive community based public education programs.

The Ocean Lifeguard program is year round. The lifeguard program has approximately 100 seasonal lifeguards, 14 full- time lifeguards and 3 full-time supervisors. Brevard County operates a year round lifeguard tower coverage at five ocean beach locations, and 19 seasonal lifeguard tower locations in Brevard County. The service falls under the direction of Ocean Rescue Chief Jeff Scabarozi. The Lifeguard towers are located in cities of Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne, Satellite Beach and Cape Canaveral.

Lifeguard Season:Brevard County Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Towers

Full time locations (5 towers)

  • Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Shepard Park - Cocoa Beach
  • Lori Wilson Park - Cocoa Beach
  • Minuteman Cswy - Cocoa Beach
  • Paradise/Futch Park - N Indialantic

Seasonal locations (19 towers)

  • Cheri Down Park - Cape Canaveral
  • Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Shepard Park - Cocoa Beach - 2 towers
  • Fischer Park - Cocoa Beach
  • Lori Wilson Park - Cocoa Beach - 2 towers
  • Minuteman Cswy - Cocoa Beach
  • 16th Street (Murkshe Park) - Cocoa Beach
  • Pelican Park - Satellite Beach - 2 towers
  • Paradise/Futch Park - N Indialantic - 2 towers
  • Nance Park/Boardwalk - Indialantic - 3 towers
  • Spessard Holland Park (North) S Melbourne Beach - 2 towers
  • Spessard Holland Park (South) S Melbourne Beach- 1 tower

Note: Port Canaveral provides year round lifeguard service at Jetty Park.

For more information regarding the Ocean Lifeguard program, please contact:

Chief Jeff Scabarozi (321) 633-2056
Asst. Chief Eisen Witcher (321) 633-2056
Cherie Down Lifeguard Station (321) 868-1116
Lori Wilson Lifeguard Station (321) 868-1145
Paradise Beach Lifeguard Station (321) 779-4109
Timothy J. Mills
Fire Rescue Center

1040 South Florida Ave.
Rockledge, FL 32955
Phone: (321) 633-2056
Fax: (321) 633-2057

Fire Chief Larry Collins
Office: 321-633-2056

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