The lifeguards who staff JFRD’s Ocean Rescue Section protect the hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents who use Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park and Huguenot Memorial Park during the operational season from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. During this season, hours of operation for both oceanfront parks are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Before JFRD lifeguards ever staff the beach, they must successfully complete an extensive training program under the command of JFRD’s Ocean Rescue Supervisor. This training program is accredited by the United States Lifesaving Association and teaches each lifeguard how to perform at the highest professional level to ensure a safe experience for every beach visitor. In addition to their expert training, Ocean Rescue personnel employ a variety of specialized equipment and watercraft to carry out their duties.


Ocean Rescue’s Supervisor and each oceanfront park’s officer staff not only select, but train and re-train 50-70 lifeguards annually. If you are interested in joining JFRD’s Ocean Rescue, please read this information carefully before applying.

Minimum Requirements

  • 16 years of age with valid driver’s license
  • Be dependable, mature and responsible
  • Completion of online application (available from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28)
  • Possess documentation of a recent physical from a licensed physician
  • Complete a 500-meter (550 yard) swim in 10 minutes or less
  • Complete a 1-mile run in 8 minutes or less
If you meet all of the above requirements, you may be selected and scheduled for an employment background drug screen. After completing the minimum requirements, each potential candidate will be notified of the following required training courses and schedule:
  • 54-hour emergency responder course
  • 48-hour USLA open water lifesaving course
  • American Heart Association BLS/CPR
If you complete all of the above requirements, you may be selected for hire. Please note the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department does not tolerate illegal drug use.

For more information, contact Christopher Boteler, Ocean Rescue Supervisor