City of Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue - Lifeguard Physical and Skills Performance Test
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America

Lifeguard Physical and Skills Performance Test

Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue requires lifeguards to undergo a rigorous annual in-service training curriculum and schedule that meets and/or exceeds the United States Lifesaving Association’s requirement for Agency Certification. This includes:

  • Going down the rampRequiring all lifeguards to receive at least 40 hours of supervised open-water lifesaving training and preventive lifeguard skills.
  • Requiring, every six months, skills testing in CPR, back boarding and spinal management, shallow and deep-water search and recovery, and first aid.
  • Requiring daily physical training of between 30 to 45 minutes, in the morning, for swimming, running, paddleboard training, weight training, and surfboat or surf ski training.
  • Requiring minimum credentials as Emergency Medical Responders; many have earned Emergency Medical Technician credentials.

Training in Basic Life Support and/or encouraging training in Advanced Life Support in the marine environment in conjunction with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

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