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What it takes to be part of the Best Beach Patrol

Maria Drakos - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Ocean City, Maryland plays host almost 8 million visitors that love the beach and ocean according to Kristin Joson contributing writer at “Ocean City Today” newspaper and Public Education Coordinator for the Ocean City Beach Patrol. She wrote a terrific article in the May 2 edition. According to the article OC hires over 200 Surf Rescue Technicians. Beach goers call them LifeGuards. Making the squad and training are grueling. To be under initial consideration, applicants must swim a quarter of a mile in the ocean from the jetty at the Inlet to the fishing pier, keeping their strokes through waves and currents, and must be back on shore in ten minutes or less. As soon as swimmers hit the beach, they must then run in the sand back to the starting point. For more information check out the Town of Ocean City’s web site. Here’s the link: http://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/emergency-services/beach-patrol/


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