2024 Assateague State Park Beach Patrol

Come be a part of our team!

The ASBP proudly serves and protects Assateague State Park’s 2 million annual visitors along her beautiful 2 miles of coastline. Just last season, ASBP Lifeguards conducted over 110 water rescues and responded to over 50 medicals and missing persons!


  • $18.87 an hour starting salary for rookie Ocean Lifeguards.
  • $19.13 ​an hour base salary for experienced Ocean Lifeguards.
  • .25 cent per hour raise for all returning ASBP Ocean Lifeguards.​
  • Paid leave​ available
  • Overtime pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours per week.
  • Comp time opportunities for Paid Time Off (earned at time and 1/2)
  • PAID ACADEMY includes 64 hours of training before Ocean Lifeguards ever take their first lifeguarding assignment.
  • Free American Red Cross Basic Lifeguard​ training/certification. (for qualifying candidates)
  • Flexible scheduling for family, school, and swim team obligations.
  • Eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage 
  • Rookie Lifeguards will shadow a returning Ocean Lifeguard for 2 weeks before ever sitting by themselves in a stand!
  • ​All provided uniform parts paid for and yours to keep including sweatpants, shirts, ¼ zip, jacket, hats.

Hiring process

The pre-employment process, consists of:

  1. Submission of online application. https://jobapscloud.com/MD/ - Keyword: Assateague
  2. Physical testing to include a 500-meter swim completed in under ten minutes, and a ¼-mile run completed in under 2 minutes. ​(See Swim/run test dates below!​)
  3. ​Structured interview and validation of prerequisite basic lifeguarding/1st aid/CPR certifications.

    Once hired, candidates then move onto the Lifeguard Training Academy. During the paid, 8-day Academy, candidates receive extensive open water rescue and medical training, to the standards of the ​United States Lifesaving Association. ​

Once candidates graduate from the Academy, they have officially earned the right to take their first Lifeguarding assignments! ASBP Lifeguards will spend their summer saving lives as a team, on the beach every day from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend, 10am-5pm. (Roving shifts as available from 11am-7pm) Assateague State Park also employs lifeguards as available, beyond Labor Day until Columbus Day in mid-October when the season officially ends.​


Important dates for the 2024 Lifeguarding Season are as follows:

Swim/run test dates:

  1. Saturday, March 9th. 10am, Ocean Pines Sports Core Pool. Ocean Pines, MD
  2. ​​​Saturday, March 23rd. 9am, Richard A Henson Family YMCA. Salisbury, MD
  3. Saturday, April 13th, 9am, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
  4. Saturday, April 20th. 11:30am, Lower Shore Family Branch YMCA, Pocomoke, MD

Paid ASBP Lifeguard Training Academy dates:

  • May 11th-12th, 18th-19th, and 21st-24th, with makeup dates for qualifying candidates to be determined.

New for 2024!

Weekly Surf Rescue Demonstrations! – Join us at the Day use Beach every Wednesday from Memorial Day to Labor Day at 9:30 am to watch our team in action as they show off their skills in rescue and lifesaving techniques, and specialized equipment. Lifeguards will also be available to meet, talk, and answer questions.​

Junior Beach Patrol is back! – ASBP is proud to announce there will be 3 Junior Beach Patrol Sessions this summer, the 3rd week of each month.

June 10th, 11th and 12th
July 15th, 16th, and 17th
August 12th, 13th, and 14th.

All sessions will be from 10am- 12noon. Participants must be between the ages of 8-14 years old and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drop ins are welcome, however each session will be capped at 12 participants, so preregistration is highly encouraged!

The cost to sign up is $10 per participant, and participants who complete a session will receive an ASBP Water bottle and certificate of completion.

2024 Maryland Park Service Annual Lifeguard Competition.​ -
​Assateague State Park will again be hosting on Tuesday, August 6th from 10am -1pm. Come cheer on our Lifeguards as they compete against other top MPS Lifeguards from across the state!



For more information, to sign up for the Junior Beach Patrol, or to spea​k to a recruiting officer-
Please contact Assateague State Park by phone at 443-614-7581 or​
email at assateague.statepark@maryland.gov

Watch for announcements on Official Maryland Park Service social media and the Assateague State Park web page.

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