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Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol

2019 Ocean Lifeguards

Are you interested in joining the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol? We are starting recruitment for our 2019 Season! Ocean rescue is a demanding job, and our experienced staff will prepare you to meet every challenge. Plus you'll be eligible for a Wilmington University Scholarship

Phone: (302) 632-0396


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Tryout Information

Tryouts are held in early spring at the Sussex Family YMCA, 20080 Church St., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Try out dates this year will be released in early 2019.

The first step in the hiring process is to sign up for and successfully complete one of the scheduled tryouts.

For questions, contact the Lifeguard Captain at

We offer:

  • Prime beach locations: Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore, and Fenwick Island
  • Competitive Salary: $13.00/hour
  • Nationally Recognized USLA Training Standards
  • Physical Fitness Strengthening
  • Participation in Ocean Lifeguard Competitions
  • Beach housing (limited availability)

As a United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Advanced Certified Agency, we offer the following paid training:

  • Delaware State Parks Ocean Rescue Training DOT — Emergency Responder Training CPR/AED/First Aid Training
  • Helicopter — Open Water Rescue Program
  • Sussex County EMS — Medic Assistant Training

About tryouts, and what to bring

No experience is necessary, but minimum physical fitness standards and swimming ability are required:

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 16 at time of hire
  • 550-yard swim within 10 minutes, freestyle stroke only
  • Demonstrate acceptable back- and side-strokes
  • 25-yard swim within 18 seconds
  • Simulated 25-yard rescue tow with 10# diving brick
  • 2-mile beach run within 20 minutes
  • 100-yard soft sand sprint within 20 seconds
  • 30 push-ups within 60 seconds
  • 30 sit-ups within 60 seconds
  • 25-yard soft sand stand drag

Items to bring to your tryout: Swim suit, towel, sweats, running shoes, contact info for references, driver’s license, social security card, direct deposit info.

Scholarships for Beach Patrol Members

Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol (DSPBP) and Wilmington University have teamed together to offer Wilmington University scholarships to members of the Parks Beach Patrol or their immediate family members. Children of DSPBP members are welcome to apply.

Download the scholarship application form

The DSPBP member must have completed a minimum 12 weeks employment as a Delaware State Parks lifeguard to be eligible. Applications are due September 15th and scholarships will be awarded for second semester classes. If you have any questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Caroline Foltz at