Charleston County Parks has been an Advanced Certified Lifeguard Agency with the United States Lifesaving Association since 1994, and each Ocean Rescue Lifeguard is certified to the level of a South Carolina Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Responder or higher.
Paid Ocean Rescue lifeguard, Emergency Medical Responder and CPR certification
Approx. $2,500 Value per employee
Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Requirements
Must be 16 years-old
Must complete an interview with management staff
Must complete a physical fitness test to include, but not limited to:
500 meters (550 yards) swim test in nine minutes (pool) or 10 minutes (open water)
One-mile run in 7:45 (track) or eight minutes (beach)
Must pass a drug test
Must complete all scheduled pre-season trainings, including Rookie School for first-year Ocean Rescue Lifeguards and Surf School for all Ocean Rescue Lifeguards
Minimum Weekly Training Requirements
Run 5 miles
Swim 1,600 yards
Paddle 1,600 yards on paddleboard
Kayak 1,600 yards
Practice spinal immobilization and rescue techniques for 30 minutes
Practice Adult, Child, and Infant CPR at least twice a week for a total of no less than 30 minutes in each category
Practice the use of the AED, Suction, and First Aid for at least 30 minutes each week
Practice rescues and drills will be held regularly without notice. Each situation should be addressed as if it were an actual rescue.
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