Fully certified lifeguards return to beaches


400-MARINE-RESCUE-LIFEGUARDMemorial Day weekend marks the official beginning of beach season for Historic City News readers in St Augustine and St Johns County. This year, a team of United States Lifesaving Association certified beach lifeguards will begin their assignments on Saturday, May 24, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.

Lifeguards will staff about 16 lifeguard towers, according to Lieutenant Jeremy Robshaw.

“Supervisors will be mobile; traveling the coastline in various emergency response vehicles,” Robshaw explained. “Coastal stations will be manned by career St Johns County Fire Rescue personnel who have been certified as ocean rescue responders; able to supplement all emergency responses, 24-hours-a-day.”

Lifeguard towers will remain fully staffed until Labor Day weekend, which traditionally marks the conclusion of the beach season.

Please take notice of beach flags and signage posted at beach access points and lifeguard towers located throughout the county as they provide “daily condition” updates for beachgoers, including valuable safety information specifically dealing with rip currents and other common beach hazards. Visit our facebook for more information.

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