The Lifeguard Services Division is organized to provide a safe environment for thousands of people who utilize all Virginia Beach area resort beaches Utlizing contractual and career City EMS Lifeguards, the Lifeguard Services Division supervises the provosion of all lifeguard services for the entire Resort and Sandbridge Resort Beaches.
As an Untied States Lifeguard Association Certified Open Water Rescue Agency, the Virginia Beach EMS Lifeguard Services Division performs the functions of beach safety, through comprehensive training and coordinated rescue operations by providing lifeguard services for such areas as Sandbridge beaches, Little Island Park beaches, and other areas of the city.
Our mission is accomplished by maintaining a staff of highly trained seasonal professional lifeguards who are in top physical condition and possess great skill in medical lifesaving techniques and equipment. Such equipment includes our department's Marine Rescue Team, with all terrain vehicles, 4-wheel drive vehicles, Personal Watercrafts with rescue sleds, rapid response boats, Advanced Life-Support Units staffed by medic/lifeguard teams, AirMed (EMS' Medavac helicopter), and a variety of specialized ocean rescue equipment. This equipment and training keeps us on the cutting edge of professionalism. (Note: A private contractor provides such services to the resort beach area.)
The Lifeguard Services Division also hosts and participates in special events and competitions throughout the year. Virginia Beach EMS is recognized as a leader in lifesaving throughout the country with our continued commitment to excel in our profession and provide excellent service for all individuals who recreate along our beaches. In addition, the division will emphasize teaching the public about the ocean environment through public education, lifesaving seminars, the Kid Safe Program, and this web site.
If you are interested in becoming an Oceanfront Lifeguard applications are open now.