Lifeguard Performance Tests


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:

  • 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, and 500 meter swim in under 10 minutes.
  • Requiring daily physical training of between 30 to 45 minutes, in the morning, for swimming, running, paddleboard training, weight training, and medical training.
  • Requiring minimum credentials as Emergency Medical Responders; most have earned Emergency Medical Technician certification.
  • Requiring to meet all standards for Emergency Medical Technician for the state of Florida.

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