All Beach Safety Lifeguards are academy trained to the Advanced level of the United States Lifesaving Association's open water standard and are medically trained as First Responders in accordance with the U.S.D.O.T. & N.R.E.M.T national standard curriculum. All Senior staff members are Florida certified Emergency Medical Technicians. Beach Safety staff respond to a multitude of medical and trauma related emergencies as well as, effect surf rescue, and provide incident command during major incidents on the beach.
Community outreach and public education on the importance of beach safety remains the most effective tool in promoting a safer beach environment. For that reason, the Beach Safety Division focuses daily on making contact with the public on the beach to educate as many people as possible on the flag warning system, rip currents, ordinances, and general beach safety. The success of this program is due in no small part to the outstanding public education effort made by all of the dedicated professionals in the Beach Safety Division.
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