Beach Safety Employment

Beach Lifeguarding for Okaloosa County Beach Safety

The road to becoming an open water beach lifeguard is most definitely, one less traveled. Simply completing the basic open water lifesaving and medical response training academy requires a high level of dedication and both, physical and mental fitness. This is an industry of true professionals who take the responsibilities of protecting life, to heart. Our community has the highest expectations of it's public safety professionals. Only those who are able to meet these expectations without exception are selected. 

Okaloosa County Human Resources is currently accepting applications for Seasonal Beach Lifeguards (Temporary). Click the Human Resources link below to access the online application:

Applicants will be contacted by Beach Safety staff to schedule a day for your "try-out" and interview, after the completed application is received. 

Seasonal Lifeguard Pay:
                                        Rookie/Academy Training Pay: $ 13.00
                                        Certified 1st year: $14.00 
                                        2nd Year Returner: $14.25
                                        3rd Year Returner: $14.50
                                        4th Year Returner: $14.75
                                        5th Year Returner: $15.00
                                        6th Year Returner: $15.25

EMTs and Paramedics will receive an $.50 in addition to their current rate, however no seasonal lifeguard shall exceed the $15.50 (max) rate.   

Returning Guard Requirements: 500m swim in 10 minutes or less, 1 mile run in 10 minutes or less and 1/2 mile run in 4 minutes or less.

Rookie/Academy Training Requirements: 500m swim in 12 minutes or less, 1 mile run in 10 minutes or less and 1/2 mile run in 5 minutes or less. (Note: If times are over the minimum allowed fitness standard for OCBS the employee must correct/obtain the minimum standard  during or within 2 weeks after the academy. Failure to do so will result in termination.) 

Important: Beach Safety will contact you upon completion of your application to schedule your "try-out". Location: Okaloosa Island, Boardwalk (1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548)

  • 2018 Spring Academy "try-outs": January 2nd - February 5th
  • 2018 Spring Academy: February 28th - March 9th

Please call Chief Rich Huffnagle @ 850-259-5874 if you have any questions on Beach Safety Employment.