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Category: Beach Patrol/EMT Department: Fire
Location: Beaches, Ocean
Days of Operation: Sunday Thru Saturday
Hours of Operation: 9:30AM - 5 PM WkDays, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM WkEnd & Holidays
After Hours Shift 11:00am - 7:00pm
Season Length: Memorial Day to September
Approx # hour/wk 40 to 48
Under direction, protects life and provides for the safety and welfare of persons in ocean bathing areas and in ocean water suitable for bathing.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Maintains constant vigilance over bathers on assigned sections of bathing areas; rescues bathers by means of buoys, boats, lines, floats, and other rescue equipment; administers artificial respiration, resuscitation, and first-aid treatment; warns bathers of ocean hazards, informs bathers of bathing restrictions in bathing area; enforces all rules and regulations governing the beach and bathing area; assists in maintaining equipment in readiness for immediate operation; performs other duties as required.
Must pass Ocean City Beach Patrol Physical Test including Half Mile Run in less than 3:45 and 500 meter swim in less than 10 minutes as well as a post offer drug testing and a physical examination and background check. Knowledge of: current and acceptable life saving techniques; methods of handling persons in distress; local swimming regulations, and of the proper methods and procedures for handling life saving and first aid equipment and apparatus. Ability to: learn and execute first aid and life restoration procedures; read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of the position; render first aid to distressed persons; enforce swimming regulations; swim with agility and skill; remain calm and take decisive action in difficult situations; note and report hazardous swimming conditions.
Tools and Equipment Used:
Rescue equipment such as buoys, boats, lines, and floats.
Position requires employee to: Continuously talk and hear and visually observe beach and ocean bathers; frequently stand, walk, and sit; and occasionally use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, and climb into lifeguard stand. Employee must have high levels of endurance and stamina to run, row a boat, paddle and swim while conducting a rescue. Position requires employee to push or pull boats weighing 300 to 400 lbs., with the assistance of other lifeguards. Special vision requirements: Close, distance, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Position requires employee to: Continuously work in outside weather conditions such as sun, heat, rain, and wind; frequently sit in lifeguard chair; and occasionally be exposed to airborne particles such as sand and swim in the ocean. The work physical demands and work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.