Ocean Rescue

The Division of Ocean Rescue employs approximately 60 seasonal Ocean Rescue Lifeguards each year. Beaches will be guarded on weekends, starting with the first weekend in May through Memorial Day. After Memorial Day, the following towers will be staffed 7 days a week throughout the summer, concluding in September on Labor Day. Operating hours are from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M, 7 days a week.

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

Tower #2, #3, #4, & #5
Main Beach Park (20 N. Fletcher Ave.)

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

Tower #7, #8, & #9
Seaside Park (2002 S. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #10
Beach Access 31 (3160 S. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #11
Beach Access #33 (3300 S. Fletcher Ave.)

Tower #12, #13, #14, & #15
Peter’s Point Park (4600 Peters Point Rd.)

Tower #16
Scott Rd Beach Access (4902 Amelia Island Pkwy)

Tower #17
Burney Park (95570 Burney Blvd.)

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.