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North Myrtle Beach – Beach Laws


  • SHADING DEVICES: Only UMBRELLAS with a center pole no greater than 7 feet 6 inches in height and a circular shade no greater than 9 feet in diameter are allowed on the beach May 15-September 15. No tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas or similar devices, or any material mounted on supports allowed on the beach May 15-September 15. Access the complete law here: Beach Shading Devices Law
  • If you dig a hole on the beach, you must fill it in before leaving the beach.
  • It is illegal for anyone under age 17 to possess a laser pointer, except within the permanent residence of that minor or under direct supervision of parent, guardian or teacher, who also take full responsibility for its possession and use under the law, and who also bear the full consequences of its misuse. Access the complete laser pointer law here: Laser Pointer Law
  • Unlawful to Litter (Fines up to $1000).
  • Alcohol, glass, fireworks prohibited.
  • No swimming beyond 50 yards or shoulder height.
  • No parking beyond the posted public beach access rule sign.
  • All watercraft must operate 100 yards or more off shore.
  • Illegal to pick or damage sea oats and sand dunes fencing.
  • May 15-September 15: No dogs allowed on the beach 9am-5pm. Surf only in designated areas 9am-4pm.
  • Dog Owners: Leash law is in effect at all times; maximum leash length is 7 feet. Pet owners must pick up and properly dispose of pet waste.

GOLF CARTS LAWS  [Golf Cart Map]

  • Golf Carts must display SC permit sticker. Available at any SC DMV office or online at
  • Must be driven by a licensed driver
  • Allowed on secondary roadways only
  • May cross primary roads [Ocean Blvd, 27th S, Hwy 17 or Sea Mtn Hwy]
  • Must obey all State traffic laws
  • Seating capacity cannot be exceeded
  • Daylight operation only

2015 Lifeguard Academy Schedules

The North Myrtle Beach Weekend Lifeguard Training Academy schedule runs from May 10th through May 16th (Acadamy II) and June 7th through June 13th (Acadamy III).  Click to read the rest of this entry to see the full schedule.

Sunday; May 10, June 7

7am- 12pm (Aquatic & Fitness Center)

Swim test, ½ mile run, rescue skills

1pm- 5pm (Recreation Center)

Professional Lifeguard, injury prevention, facility safety, patron surveillance, emergency preparation, water observation

Monday; May 11, June 8

8am- 6pm (Recreation Center)

Blood Bourne Pathogens, Before Providing Care and Victim Assessment, Breathing  Emergencies, AED Essentials, First Aid

Tuesday; May 12, June 9

8am- 12pm (Recreation Center)

Rip Currents, Aquatic Hazards, Beach and Wave Topography

1pm- 5pm

Ocean Rescue Skills

Wednesday; May 13, June 10

8am- 12pm (Recreation Center)

Standard Operating Guidelines, Reports, Policies and Procedures. Ordinances, Rules and Regulations

1pm- 5pm (Beach)

Ocean Rescue Skills, Pier Rescues

 Thursday; May 14, June 11

12pm- 5pm (Recreation Center)

Caring for Head, Neck and Back Injuries

6pm- 9pm (Aquatic & Fitness Center)

Caring for Head, Neck and Back Injuries, Final Skills Scenario

Friday; May 15, June 12

8am- 5pm (Beach)

Radio Communications, Caring for Head, Neck and Back Injuries in a beach environment

PWC Training, Tower Set- up

Saturday; May 16, June 13

8am- 12pm

Code X, Review and Exams

1pm- until

Code X, search patterns, PWC training

2015 Lifeguard Recertification Schedule

Saturday, May 9

8am- 12pm (Recreation Center)

Blood Bourne Pathogens, Breathing and Cardiac Emergencies

1pm- 5pm (Recreation Center)

AED Essentials, First Aid

Sunday, May 10

8am- 10am

Swim Test (Aquatic Center)

10am- 5pm

Ocean Rescue Skills, Code X, PWC Rescue Skills

2015 Swim Clinics

Swim Clinics start on February 7th and will meet every Saturday at 5:30pm until May 16th at the NMB Aquatic and Fitness Center.  These clinics are available for individuals who need practice for the upcoming swim qualification test (500 meters in 10 minutes or less).

2015 Junior Lifeguard Winter Camp

Registration is now open for Beach Patrol’s 2015 Junior Lifeguard Winter Camp. This program is designed for participants ages 10 to 15. The program will run from January 27th through March 17th on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:45 PM to 8:15 PM at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Participants will learn:

  • Water safety
  • How to escape a rip current
  • Proper stroke mechanics
  • Reaching, walking and throwing assists
  • Caring for head, neck and back injuries
  • Rescue board techniques
  • CPR / AED, First Aid and basic rescue skills

Participants must attend all classes to graduate. At the end of the course, each Junior Lifeguard will be certified by the American Red Cross in CPR for adults and children.

The registration fee is $25, made payable to North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center. The fee includes a Junior Lifeguard backpack to be issued upon completion of the camp. Applicants can register now at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Applicants must be able to:

  • Tread water continuously for three minutes
  • Swim 100 yards continuously using the front crawl with rhythmic breathing
  • Accomplish a 20 yard brick tow

Participants must provide their own goggles, bathing suit (for females, one-piece suits are recommended), towel, change of clothes, swim cap, sunscreen and water or a sports drink.

For more information call Beach Patrol at 843-281-3820.