North Myrtle Beach Ocean Rescue

In 2006, North Myrtle Beach City Council members voted to take complete control of beach safety, which had previously been ran by contracted independent service franchises. This step had never been taken before by a municipality in the Grand Strand area. Lifeguards are no longer “dual role” and do not rent beach chairs and umbrellas. The only function of lifeguards in North Myrtle Beach is beach safety.

Lifeguards are now trained above and beyond minimum guidelines of the United States Lifesaving Association. The City of North Myrtle Beach Services Division has the proud distinction to be the only USLA Certified Agency on the Grand Strand. Beach Services operation is overseen by Lifeguard Coordinators. All Coordinators are state certified law enforcement officers and also certified Lifeguard Instructors. Each year the City hires approximately 120 lifeguards to cover 54 Lifeguard Towers and 9 miles of beachfront.

Lifeguard Qualifications




North Myrtle Beach Lifeguards must meet the minimum United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) standards and all certifications are provided at no cost to qualified applicants.

* Successfully complete the Beach Patrols 56-hour Lifeguard Academy class and receive certification as a Lifeguard and in CPR, First Aid, and AED (this will be taught during the Lifeguard Training Academy)

Lifeguard FAQ

Swim clinics are currently being held Saturday evenings at 5:30pm at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center through April 23rd. Swim clinics are free to potential Ocean Rescue Lifeguards.

No. However, for all those guards out there that have been wanting to join our team but housing has been an issue here is an option that we found. On 14th ave south in our city right on ocean Blvd only steps away from the beach and perfect distance for biking to and from work there is the Bahama sands hotel. They are offering long term rentals you can get a room with 2 queen beds, small kitchenette and bathroom. They have room for up to 4 people per unit at a cost of only $1,000 a month that’s only $250 a person if you have 4 people!! All you need is a $200 deposit to reserve a room. As of today they have 15 units available for June-September so if your interested get moving on this and reserve your room today!! The contact number is 843-417-1704 just request to reverse a room at Bahama sands and have your deposit ready. The city of North Myrtle beach is not connected in anyway to this hotel this post is for information only in the hopes to help future and current NMB ocean Rescue guards find housing for the summer. If you have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact us!

You can email to book your room or get more info as well.

North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety – Beach Patrol Division

The City of North Myrtle Beach does not sponsor international visas.

Beach Patrol supplies uniforms to seasonal lifeguards.

North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety – Beach Patrol Division

1015 2nd Avenue South

North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


Lifeguards are paid $11.00 to $14.00 an hour.

The season begins in May and ends in September.

The City of North Myrtle Beach encourages returning employees.


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North Myrtle Beach, SC

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