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OC Beach Patrol in search of next summer's lifeguards

If you want to be an Ocean City lifeguard, now's your chance. The Ocean City Beach Patrol is holding a pre-employment physical skills test on Saturday for those interested in joining the beach patrol on duty next summer.

Candidates will swim 500 meters, run 300 meters, perform simulated swimming rescues and demonstrate their ability to run fast in timed sprint races. The activities take place in the ocean or a pool, depending on conditions, with all running activities held on the beach.

No prior experience or certification is required, but candidates must be at least 17 years old. Proof of age is required,including driver license, birth certificate or U.S. passport. (If 17, a legal guardian or parent must accompany you to the test.)

Registration for the test begins at 11 a.m. Look for the beach patrol sign at Dorchester Street and the Boardwalk. Plan for a full day of evaluation.

Those who meet standards are eligible for Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Academy, an 8-day training seminar to be held in May and June 2012. During the training, candidates are paid $12.99 per hour and receive $14.07 per hour after probation.

Each year, the beach patrol employs more than 200 people to watch over the 10 miles of Ocean City beaches.

You can pre-register for the test or find more information at www.ococean.com/ocbp. A second test will be held Sept. 3.



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