Ocean Rescue

The Fernandina Beach Fire Department: Division of Ocean Rescue will be hosting its first two 2018 Recruit Academies on February 2, 2018 and March 2, 2018 at the Atlantic Recreation Center Aquatics Room, 2500 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, at 5:00 pm.

The Division of Ocean Rescue employs approximately 60 seasonal Ocean Rescue Lifeguards each year. Beaches will be guarded on weekends starting May 5, 2018 through May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day). After Memorial Day, the following towers will be staffed 7 days a week throughout the summer, concluding on September 3, 2018 (Labor Day). Operating hours are from 10:15 A.M. – 5:15 P.M, 7 days a week.

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Tower #1
North Beach Park
(1230 N. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #2, #3, #4
Main Beach Park
(20 N. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #5
Beach Access # 5
(500 S. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #6
Beach Access #9 (842 S. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #7 & #8
Seaside Park (2020 S. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #9
Beach Access 31 (3160 S. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #10
Beach Access #33 (3300 S. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #11 #12 #13 #14
Peter’s Point Park (4600 Peters Point Rd.)

Tower #15
Scott Rd Beach Access (4902 Amelia Island Pkwy)

Tower #16
Burney Park (95570 Burney Rd.)

Fernandina Beach Ocean Rescue Lifeguards respond to water emergencies on the 12 miles of beach from Fort Clinch State Park to the southernmost point of Amelia Island.

The City of Fernandina Beach Fire Department hires Ocean Rescue Lifeguards based on the qualifications and standards set forth by the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA). Some of the requirements include, but are not limited to: swimming 500 meters in under 10 minutes, CPR & AED certification for the professional rescuer, 40 hour USLA open water rescue training course, as well as First Responder Certifications.

Ocean Rescue Lifeguards use a variety of rescue equipment, but most commonly use a rescue can. The Ocean Rescue Division also uses rescue boards, kayaks, jet skis, ATV's and a four-wheel drive trucks, all of which are used on a daily basis for rescues, patrolling and training.