Timeline & History

Long Beach Township Beach Patrol’s Beginning

In 1933, the Township as well as others recognized the need for beach protection for the growing summer population and several young men were recruited as volunteer lifeguards. As the fledgling beach patrol was not yet officially sanctioned by the Township, young men worked only for the glory of being a lifeguard.

In 1936, Long Beach Township officially sanctioned the Beach Patrol. The Long Beach Township Beach Patrol was off and running, and from this modest and humble beginning, it expanded and improved with every year.

  • In 1933, Township Mayor Howard E. Schifler as well as others recognized the need for beach protection for the growing summer population, and several young men were recruited as volunteer lifeguards.
  • As the fledgling beach patrol was not yet officially sanctioned by the Township, young men worked only for the glory of being a lifeguard. The need for proper and organized funding for the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol would lead to creative means to compensate the guards.
  • With the 1934-35 season came a new way to raise money. Fundraising dances were held.
  • By the summer of 1936, Long Beach Township officially sanctioned the Beach Patrol under the Department of Public Safety, headed by Mayor Howard E. Schifler and Township Clerk William Penn Lodge.
  • The Long Beach Township Beach Patrol was off and running, and from this modest and unofficial beginning, it expanded and improved with every year.
  • William J. Noonan, Jr. was made the first Captain of the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol.
  • In 1937, Wilson “Bud” Peck becomes captain of the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol, and with the guidance of Mayor Schifler, young Bud sent a letter to Township residents asking for contributions of $5.
  • In 1938 the Beach Patrol had grown from a handful of young men to 25 fully-trained lifeguards.