The Dewey Beach Patrol, in conjunction with the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), is proud to announce the Dewey Beach Patrol Junior Lifesaving Program. Funding for the program is provided primarily through private donations. Much appreciation is extended to the Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Dewey Beach Lions Club for their support.
The mission of the USLA and the Dewey Beach Patrol is as follows:
"To establish high standards for open water (beach) lifeguards, to educate the public, and to promote actions intended to result in saving of human life in and around the marine environment."
The Dewey Beach Patrol Junior Lifeguarding Program is designed to target ages 6 to 16. The program will include regular sessions being held on Tuesday and Thursday from July 2nd through TBA. The program will begin promptly at 10:30 am and will end at 11:30 am each day. Individuals interested in participating in the program will report to the Dewey Beach Lifesaving Station located on Dagsworthy Street and the Beach. Participants should report each day (rain or shine) with bathing suit, towel, and a sweat suit. There is a $20.00 registration fee and must accompanyt the Registration Form. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Participants should meet the following criteria:
- Must be between the age of 6 and 16 years of age
- Must provide a basic physical examination, certified by a physician or a nurse practioner.
- Must be able to demonstrate intermediate swimming ability
- Must be able to demonstrate a high degree of self discipline during instruction
- Must be able to meet an intermediate level of physical fitness
- Must complete and return a liability waiver
- Must complete and return a registration form
The following will be provided for each participant:
- Quality instruction by the Captain of the Dewey Beach Patrol whose qualifications include: DE Certified secondary level education teach of Oceanography and Biology, BS Biology, MS Science Education, USLA certified open water rescue instructor, CPR, and standard initial first aid, National First Responders, ICS Incident Comand Certification and 30+ years of open water rescue experience in training and management
- Secondary Instruction provided by veteran members of the patrol and Emergency Medical Service Officers
- Official Patrol shorts and logo T-Shirt may be provided
- Official membership in the USLA upon completion of the program (Membership fees may apply)
The program will provide direct instruction and applied experience in the following areas:
- Lifesaving History
- Lifeguard qualification and training
- Communications Methods
- Health, Fitness, and Safety
- The surf beach
- The marine environment
- Weather and other hazards
- Rescue Equipment
- Public Relations
- Preventative Lifeguarding
- Water Surveillance
- Aquatic Search and Rescue
- Records and Reports
- Components of a Rescue