Marine Rescue Employment

St. Johns County Lifeguard Program

Become an Ocean Lifeguard!

St. Johns County Fire Rescue to hold annual tryouts for Seasonal Lifeguard for the 2024 Beach Season! We are in need of highly motivated and qualified personnel to staff our beaches for this summer. We provide all the required training during a paid Marine Rescue Academy. Starting pay is $17.30 per hour! (Incentive Pay for Florida certified EMT or Paramedics)

St. Johns County Participates in E-Verify. View the E-Verify Participation Poster and Right to Work Poster to understand the program.

Training Program

Step 1: Complete Online Application

  1. Ocean Lifeguard Program Online Application
  2. Email Lt. Jessica Earl at, so you can be placed on a contact list and receive updates.

Step 2: Complete Initial Paperwork

Please Note: You must use the official St. Johns County forms posted below. The documents must be turned in at the time you attend a tryout.

  1. Physical Exam Form – Must be 100% complete, signed by you, and signed by the doctor of your choice. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
  2. Lifeguard Academy Training Waiver – Must be signed and notarized.

Step 3: Attend a Tryout

All new applicants are required to attend a physical qualification test and pass the following standards prior to start of the Marine Rescue Academy. Tryouts will alll be held at the Solomon Calhoun Pool, unless otherwise noted.

  1. 500 meter swim under 10:00 minutes
  2. ½ mile run under 3:30 minutes
2024 Dates & Times
  • Saturday, January 8 at 9am
  • Saturday, February 3 at 9am
  • Saturday, March 2 at 9am
  • Saturday, April 6 at 9am
  • Saturday, May 4 at 9am
  • Solomon Calhoun Pool, 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Step 4: Attend Marine Rescue Training Academy

All potential new guards are required to attend the Marine Rescue Academy in order to be eligible for hire with St. Johns County Marine Rescue. Qualifying participants will be paid to attend the Academy. All individuals are required to attend the Academy in its entirety regardless of previous experience.

The Marine Rescue Academy consists of:

  1. 8 hours of CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  2. 40 hours of Emergency Medical Responder
  3. 40 hours of USLA Advanced Surf Rescue training

Academy Dates

Dates Coming soon

  • Class runs 9am-5pm daily
  • Individuals are required to attend all class sessions.
  • If you have any individual issues regarding attendance, please contact a Marine Rescue Officer.

Important Deadlines

  • Coming soon


Jessica Earl Captain Marine Rescue / Fire Rescue