2022 Important Dates

Pre-Qualification Exam Days

The Lifeguard Academy Pre-Qualification Exam Day is open to anyone looking to be selected for entrance into the Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Academy. 

The Pre-Qualification Exam Day consists of:

  • Perform a 550-yard freestyle swim in under 10 minutes.
  • Run a half-mile on the beach in under 4 minutes.
  • Successfully drag a Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Tower 50-yards.

The Ocean Rescue Division will conduct Pre-Qualification Exams on the following days:

  • February 05, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at the Fletcher High School Pool (700 Seagate Ave, Neptune Beach, FL 32266)
    • Candidates MUST apply for the position no later than February 04, 2022, at 10 a.m.
    • Once the swim portion is complete, candidates who pass the swim portion will attend the second half of the examination at the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station (2 Oceanfront North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250).
  • March 06, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at the Fletcher High School Pool (700 Seagate Ave, Neptune Beach, FL 32266)
    • Candidates MUST apply for the position no later than March 04, 2022, at 10 a.m.
    • Once the swim portion is complete, candidates who pass the swim portion will attend the second half of the examination at the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station (2 Oceanfront North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250).
  • April 17, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at the Fletcher High School Pool (700 Seagate Ave, Neptune Beach, FL 32266)
    • Candidates MUST apply for the position no later than April 15, 2022, at 10 a.m.
    • Once the swim portion is complete, candidates who pass the swim portion will attend the second half of the examination at the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station (2 Oceanfront North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250).

Lifeguard Academy Classes

Candidates will be chosen for the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Academy based on their Pre-Qualification Exam performance, past training, and experience.

The Ocean Rescue Division will host three Lifeguard Academy Courses for the 2022 year. The Lifeguard Academy is an 80-hour course conducted on Saturdays and Sundays for four consecutive weeks. More detailed information will be provided during onboarding with the City of Jacksonville Beach and on the first day of the Lifeguard Academy Class.

  • February 12, 2022 - March 06, 2022 (Saturdays and Sundays)
  • March 19, 2022 - April 10, 2022 (Saturdays and Sundays)
  • April 30, 2022 - May 22, 2022 (Saturday and Sundays)


Dates and times of Pre-Qualification Exams and Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Academy Courses are subject to be changed, postponed, or canceled.