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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.


BREVARD COUNTY -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue, in cooperation with Brevard County Information Technology, has launched an innovative mobile website that takes ensuring beachgoers’ safety to the next level.

Rip current, severe weather, marine life, sun and heat are all factors that visitors to Brevard County beaches need to be educated about and prepared to understand so everyone has an enjoyable visit to the Space Coast. Brevard County Ocean Rescue – named 2013 Beach Patrol of the Year in Florida --  is proud to now offer a beach safety website that is easily accessible from mobile devices.

Visit www.brevardcounty.us/beachsafety to access information on:

  • Surf forecast
  • Rip current warnings
  • Hours and locations of Brevard County’s lifeguard towers, with clickable maps
  • Beach safety tips touching on marine life, warning flags, lightning, sun and sand and rip currents
  • Brevard County Fire Rescue and Brevard County Ocean Rescue’s social media accounts
     Read the full press release here
  • Brevard County Ocean Rescue named Florida's Beach Patrol of the Year for 2013.
    Read more here

      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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      OCEAN RESCUE GOAL PRIORITIES

      • 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

      Interim Fire Chief
      Mark Schollmeyer

      Office: 321-633-2056
      Mark.Schollmeyer@BrevardCounty.us


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