Who teaches the program?
Run by North Myrtle Beach Dept. of Public Safety Beach Patrol Division, several experienced North Myrtle Beach Ocean Rescue Lifeguards assist as counselors to maintain a fun and safe learning environment.
Where and when are the sessions held?
With the exception of our CPR & First Aid day, all classes will take place on the beach at Main Street in North Myrtle Beach from 9am-11am. Please see the registration packet for our Inclement Weather Plan.
What topics are covered?
- Water Safety and Injury Prevention
- Safety Equipment
- Entries and Approaches
- Basic Rescue Skills
- Recognizing an Emergency, Aquatic Hazards
- Currents and Rip Currents
- CPR & First Aid (taught at the Bryan J. Floyd Community Center, see schedule in Registration Packet.)
- Caring for Head, Neck and Back Injuries
- Using a Rescue Board/Body Board
- Missing Swimmer Scenarios
New for this year: Age groups!
In order to give our Junior Lifeguards the best experience possible, in 2019 we will have two age groups, 9-12 and 13-15, available for both June and July camps. Lesson content and skills will be tailored for these groups.
Who can be a Junior Lifeguard?
This program is for ages 9-15. Junior Lifeguards need to have basic swimming skills in order to keep themselves and others safe. New participants who are not enrolled on a swim team are asked to attend the swim test on Saturday, June 15th and July 13th at 3pm at the NMB Aquatic and Fitness Center. The test is an untimed 50 yard continuous swim.
Competition & Banquet
On July 27th at 9:00am we will be hosting a Junior Lifeguard Competition for all summer program participants. Events include a rescue simulation race, a beach flags race, and a run/swim team relay. Beach flags is a land-based game that involves sprinting and is a tradition enjoyed by lifeguards worldwide.
At 5pm on the 27th we will invite all junior lifeguards and their families to a free banquet at Wild Wing Café North Myrtle Beach where we will hold a graduation and competition awards ceremony.
How to get signed up
Stop by the Bryan J Floyd Community Center located at 1030 Possum Trot Road, North Myrtle Beach, for the registration packet after April 1st.
Registration is $25 per participant. All Junior lifeguards will receive a backpack as well as a rashguard (swim shirt) on the first day of class.
What to bring
Each Junior Guard should arrive with:
- Swim goggles is preferred
- Water or sports drink
- Epipen or inhaler if prescribed one
- Junior Lifeguard rashguard if they already have one
Participants should arrive in a bathing suit. Girls are encouraged to wear one-piece bathing suits.
Let your child get the real experience by shadowing a NMB Ocean Rescue Lifeguard!
Junior Lifeguards who have completed our program may shadow one of our trained and experienced lifeguards during their regular hours on the beach. Shadow days will be Tuesday and Thursdays, July 1st through August 15th. Junior Guards may shadow 9am- 11am. While they may assist their lifeguard in daily activities, they will not assist in active rescues. Further details will be available at time of registration.
Call NMB Beach Patrol at 843-281-3825
Or email Beach Patrol Officer May Lauzon at firstname.lastname@example.org