ATTENTION:  ALL working papers are due no later than MAY 18th to begin work at the beginning of the 2019 season.

You’re well on your way to joining the hundreds of other highly motivated individuals that the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol has employed.

Each year nearly two hundred lifeguards protect our twelve miles of ocean beach (55 guarded beaches) and nearly one hundred beach badge checkers walk those same beaches, collecting the season’s beach-use fees. As one of the nations largest beach patrols, LBTBP sets rigorous standards that exceed the requirements set by the New Jersey State Department of Health for ocean lifeguards.

LBTBP offers competitive pay, an extensive competition program and training in American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response, which includes CPR For the Professional Rescuer, AED (Automated External Defibrillation), AEO (Administering Emergency Oxygen), and PDT (Preventing Disease Transmission), through our staff of certified instructors. There are age requirements of minimally sixteen years old to lifeguard or fourteen years of age to badge check.

In addition, as you gain experience you’ll have the opportunity to advance to higher pay steps, officer positions or participating in our SCUBA Search and Rescue Team, Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB), Personal Water Craft (PWC) Rescue Team, or Lifeguard in Training (LIT) programs.

All you need to get started is the same underlying passion that attracts people from all over the world to LBTBP!


First, fill out and return the application and course registration form. Please mark lower left hand corner of envelope “Lifeguard Application”. Applications are due by Monday, April 1st, for Officers and May 1st, for all other prospective Lifeguards. Any applications received after this date will be considered “Late” and will be marked accordingly.  Application submission, swim test times, background checks, interviews, etc. will be used to determine whom is offered a position. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your application requirements and pass your swim test!

2019 Orientation Meeting/No Tolerance Seminar is mandatory attendance for all Lifeguards and Beach Badge Checkers.  You will not be permitted to work until you attend the seminar.

2019 Lifeguard Application Packet

Attention:  Applicants 18 years of age or older 

2019 Background Check Procedure  (<— this is the link for form) – Continuing in 2019 is the process of completing the Background Investigation online.  Please read the attached letter for instructions on how to complete this process.  Once you receive your email confirmation, please forward a copy of same to the Beach Patrol office to verify completion for hiring purposes.   

2018 Rescue and First Aid Statistics

2018 Beach Attendance

Medical Certifications

You are required to re-certify your CPR/AED/AEO/PDT each year and Emergency Medical Response every two years.  If you have a current American Red Cross CPR/AED/AEO/PDT certification from an outside source you must submit a copy (AHA, NSC, ECSI, etc. are not accepted) and it must be current through the end of September 2019!  If your certification card does not meet these requirements you must sign up for and complete an American Red Cross CPR/AED/AEO/PDT course through LBTBP before you will be allowed to begin work on the beach.  To participate in our CPR class, you must download the ARC CPR For the Professional Rescuer Handbook below (Part 1 & Part 2).

Emergency Medical Response is a comprehensive first aid course. This certification is required of all LBTBP lifeguards and is good for 2 years. (The first day of this course will be CPR/AED/AEO/PDT, therefore you do not need to sign up for a separate CPR course). In order to accommodate those still in school at the beginning of the season, both weekend and weekday courses will be offered. Emergency Medical Response courses are 4 days in length.

Course fee is $40.00 for CPR only or $90.00 for EMR (EMR course includes CPR at no additional charge), payable to “LBTBP ARC Cert. Acct.” (check or money order) to be submitted with course registration, no exceptions.  

ARC CPR FPR Handbook Part 1

ARC CPR FPR Handbook Part 2

2019 Course Schedule


Full Course #1 – Sunday, March 10th, 9a-5p

Full Course #2 – Saturday, April 6th, 9a-5p

Full Course #3 – Wednesday, April 24th, 9a-5p

Full Course #4 – Saturday, May 11th, 9a-5p

Full Course #5 – Monday, May 13th, 9a-5p

Full Course #6 – Monday, May 20th, 9a-5p

Full Course #7 – Friday, May 24th, 9a-5p


EMR Sunday – Sundays, March 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, 9a-5p

EMR Saturday – Saturdays, April 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 9a-5p

EMR Weekday #1 – Monday – Thursday, May 13th – 16th, Mon & Wed 9a-5p/Tues & Thurs 12p-8p

EMR Weekday #2 – Monday – Thursday, May 20th – 23rd, Mon & Wed 9a-5p/Tues & Thurs 12p-8p

EMR Instructor – TBA – 9a-5p


OLTC #1 – Monday – Friday, June 10th – 14th, 9a-5p

OLTC #2 – Monday – Friday, June 17th – 21st, 9a-5p

OLTC #3 – Monday – Friday, June 24th – 28th – 9a-5p


You will not be permitted to take the swim test if all required payroll documents are not received prior to or on the day of your swim test.

Saturday – May 4th – 5:30p – St. Francis – By Appointment

Saturday – May 11th – 5:30p – St. Francis – By Appointment

Saturday – May 18th – 5:30p – St. Francis – By Appointment

Saturday – May 25th – 9a – Bayview Park, 68th Street

Saturday – May 25th – 5:30p – St. Francis – By Appointment

Sunday – May 26th – 9a – Bayview Park, 68th Street

Swim Test

Notice: If we have not received your application, you will not be on the list at the St. Francis Aquatic Center for pre-test and pre-season pool training.

Both veteran and new lifeguards must swim 500 meters (22 lengths of the St. Francis Community Center pool or set course at Bayview Park) with a maximum time of 10:00 minutes.

Goggles and swim caps are permitted, but diving starts are not.

All lifeguards will be required to complete the Wilson “Bud” Peck 1000-meter ocean swim and half-mile paddle board competition.

The test is given six times, and candidates may take the test up to TWO times. Candidates are strongly advised to take the earliest test possible.

Arrangements have been made to use the St. Francis Pool for pre-test/pre-season training. From April 8th through June 1st, every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Monday and Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Three lanes of the pool have been reserved for anyone, veterans/rookies/BLIT-LITs, trying out for LBTBP. Enter at the east poolside door, sign in, and respect all pool rules. There are no scheduled swim tests for lifeguard applicants after May 26th, 2019.

LBTBP Physician’s form must be received on or before date you take the swim test.

Saturday, May 4th
LIT Applicants 5:00p.m.
Lifeguard Applicants 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – By Appointment

Saturday, May 11th
LIT Applicants 5:00p.m.
Lifeguard Applicants 5:30 – 7:00p.m. – By Appointment

Saturday, May 18th
Blessing of the Guards 4:45p.m.
LIT Applicants 5:00p.m.
Lifeguard Applicants 5:30 – 8:00p.m. – By Appointment

Saturday, May 25th
Lifeguard Applicants 9a.m. – Bayview Park

Saturday, May 26th
LIT Applicants 5:00p.m.
Lifeguard Applicants 5:30 – 7:30p.m. – By Appointment

Sunday, May 27th
Lifeguard Applicants 9a.m. – Bayview Park


The Ocean Lifeguard Training Course (OLTC) is required for all first year LBTBP lifeguards regardless of previous lifeguarding experience (even if you have completed at least two levels of the Lifeguard In Training Program within the past fifteen months).

The course may also be required for veteran lifeguards who have not worked for LBTBP for an extended period of time, or, lifeguards who, at the lifeguard operations personnel’s discretion, may need additional training.

The five day course consists of a written and practical exam (in which you must perform swimming, paddling, and line rescues and demonstrate other skills). A score of at least eighty percent is required to successfully complete the course.


Job Responsibilities:
To keep your job, you must perform it satisfactorily. If there are problems with your performance, you will be informed by your officers and be given a chance to improve.

Some infractions, though, are considered grounds for immediate dismissal, such as:

  • using or possessing alcohol or drugs while on duty.
  • sleeping on duty.
  • leaving the beach unattended at any time during normal guarding hours (except as authorized by LBTBP officers).
  • conduct unbecoming of a township employee even if the conduct occurs while you are off-duty.
  • use of cell phone while on duty (except as authorized by LBTBP officers).

Competition Requirements
To retest the physical skills of our lifeguards and to encourage them to practice on rescue equipment, all guards are required to complete the 1000m Swim and Half-Mile Paddleboard Race.

In events with heats and finals, event credit is given only for the heats. If you qualify for later rounds, you must participate or you will not receive credit for the event (the only exceptions are if you notify the scorekeeper at the time of qualification that you will not be able to participate or if you have a documented emergency).[/tab][end_tabset]