The tryout originally scheduled for April 26, 2020 has been postponed. We still plan to hire a full staff for the summer of 2020. New tryout dates will be released as soon as possible.
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We are recruiting for our 2020 season! The Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol is an elite group of men and women responsible for ocean rescue and beach safety at Delaware's award-winning state park beaches. Our beach patrol members receive advanced, nationally certified training, work in some of the most beautiful locations in the state, meet lifelong friends, compete in lifeguard competitions, and serve the people of Delaware, all while getting paid and having fun!
Are you interested in joining the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol? We are recruiting for our 2020 Season! We provide all of the necessary training, and pay you while you receive it! Plus, you'll be eligible for a Wilmington University Scholarship.
To apply for the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol, you must complete the following steps:
The first step in the hiring process is to sign up for and successfully complete one of the scheduled tryouts. Tryout registration will open at 8:00am one month before the scheduled tryout date. Registration will close 1 week before the scheduled tryout date. Spots are limited!
Spring tryouts have been postponed until the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated. We still plan to hire a full staff for the summer of 2020. New tryout dates will be released as soon as possible.
No experience is necessary, but minimum physical fitness standards and swimming ability are required:
Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol (DSPBP) and Wilmington University have teamed together to offer Wilmington University scholarships to members of the Parks Beach Patrol or their immediate family members. This scholarship can be used for classes regardless of whether you are pursuing a degree from the university or not. Children of DSPBP members are also welcome to apply.
The DSPBP member must have completed a minimum 12 weeks employment as a Delaware State Parks lifeguard to be eligible.
For questions regarding this scholarship, please contact our Business Services Office.
"I joined the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol because of the amazing work environment and the high demands for on the job. Being on the beach all day has its perks, but what I enjoy most is the fact that I get to help keep patrons safe and have the training to save lives and provide medical attention when needed. Daily workouts keep me in great shape and lifeguard competitions are the highlight of my summer. This job is in high demand, the pay is great, and the satisfaction you get from helping others is even better. If you love the ocean and want a fun job, this beach patrol is calling your name!”
“I joined the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol not only as a result of my lifelong love of the ocean, but also to help those in need. It is extremely rewarding using your lifesaving knowledge to make a true impact on someone's life. In addition, the patrol is a unified group of well-skilled individuals who love what they do. This gives a great sense of community at work, and therefore I enjoy my time on the stand each and every day. The members of this patrol have my full trust at all times because they are not only my co-workers, but my friends as well.”
“I joined the beach patrol because I was looking for a more fulfilling place to put my lifeguarding skills to use. I'm also an avid surfer and love the opportunity to work where many people only get to vacation. Summer 2020 will be my fifth summer with DSBP, and my second summer as a lieutenant. My favorite part of my job is working with my employees and the public. My staff are some of my best friends. I also love helping the public understand how to have fun and stay safe at our beaches. At DSBP, you will receive the highest level of training, get in the best shape of your life, meet lifelong friends, and make unforgettable memories.”
“I joined Delaware State Parks because I’m in love with the beach. This was my rookie year on the patrol, and in it I found a second family. My favorite part about DSBP is hard work being rewarded by the smiles and uplifting comments from our patrons. If your goal is to stay fit and spend your summer on the sand and in the water, this is the right job for you!”
Ocean rescue is a demanding job, and our experienced staff will prepare you to meet every challenge. If you have any questions about the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol, contact our beach patrol captain: