2021 Sea Bright Ocean Rescue
The picture above shows Sea Bright’s 2021 Advanced Junior Lifeguard Nipper Squad, taken just after completion of a grueling 8-hour competency test known as the junior surf lifesaving test. All the Nippers pictured above had just completed their final two underwater search scenarios for a missing swimmer who required resuscitation once recovered from the ocean. All of the JG’s above have been with Sea Bright’s Junior Guard program for several seasons before they became Nippers and most will continue to serve Sea Bright as ocean lifeguards until they graduate college. All the Nippers in the picture above voluntarily completed over 70 hours of formal lifeguard training including nationally recognized medical certification in CPR and 1st aid. Instead of hanging out with friends playing video games all summer, all the junior guards pictured above have chosen the path of public safety service and will volunteer over 50 hours performing safety patrol duties supervised by working ocean rescue lifeguards and members of of our elite nationally certified surf rescue team. instead of fearing gigantic rip currents and big surf, every Nipper in the picture above dreams of big waves and prays that the lifeguard supervisors will let them train in the very same rip currents that could kill a naïve adult or child. Half of the squad pictured above have turned 16 and will tryout this spring for a position as a rookie lifeguard for our boro’s nationally certified lifesaving service. Half of the so called “children” in the above picture will serve the community this season, poised to answer the calls for help as paid ocean-river lifeguards tasked to protect our municipal beaches. The other half of the junior lifesavers above will remain in the Nipper program only to repeat mandatory annual lifesaving training and medical recertification so they can return to volunteer patrol duties. All of the junior lifesavers above will at some point in their teenage years rescue someone from drowning and most assuredly prevent tragedy every season they wear the red swimsuit of an open water lifesaver. What are your children doing this summer? .
Nippers make up the top 10% of our Junior Lifeguards. Any junior guard that is 10 years or older are encouraged to try out for this unique aquatic risk management program. More Information can be found about the nipper program on our Junior Lifeguard page, mash that button.
2021 Ocean Rescue Mantra, Narrated by Morgan Freeman Video shot and edited by Lifeguard Sgt Dan Maloney, ORRS-EMT
The primary mission of Sea Bright Ocean Rescue is to protect the public and prevent drowning by providing a nationally accredited beach safety program utilizing exemplary modern lifeguarding techniques and water rescue procedures.
This summary covers the first 2/3rds of the 2021 lifeguard season with 72 days of lifeguard and rescue team services that covers two municipal public oceanfront beaches, two private contracted oceanfront beaches, and two municipal public riverfront beaches.
1. Fatal Drownings (guarded and unguarded) 0
2. Preventative Actions 7,111
3. Water Rescue & Assists 76
4. Major Medical Aid (EMS) 32
5. Minor Medical 1st Aid 44
6. Missing Person (found) 23
7. Surf Rescue Team ARRT Activation 46
8. RWC Water Rescues: 0
9. Vessel Boat Assists: 2
10. Water Rescue (mutual aid) 3
With a daily crew of 2-4 roving lifeguard supervisors, 12 ocean lifeguards as well as additional ocean rescue specialists assigned to our dedicated technical water rescue team, SBOR provides protection for two public beach areas within the boro and responds to 2.5 miles of unguarded public beach. We have an additional team of ocean lifeguards protecting one private beach in Sea Bright as part of a municipal private partnership safety contract.
Sea Bright's "river crew" lifeguards oversee aquatic safety at two public river front beaches in the borough of the Highlands as part of a municipal shared services agreement.
After-hours our USLA certified (ARRT) Surf Rescue Team 43-88 responds throughout the boro alongside Sea Bright Fire Rescue and provides mutual aid for water rescues and critical medical emergencies within Sandy Hook National Park and for surrounding town's such as the Highlands, Little Silver, and Rumson. Our rescue team is sometimes called to neighboring boros to assist in the search and recovery of missing swimmers who are presumed drowned, otherwise known as a Code-X.
ieneno ceinpaDoctor Matt Letizia is a board-certified attending emergency physician who lives in Sea Bright. The 2020 summer season was Matt's first year on the beach patrol and we couldn't have been more stoked to have a front-line emergency physician in the mix. Dr. Letizia was voted as NJ's EMS physician of the year in 2018 while leading several other EMS programs in central NJ. However, there's no place like home and Dr Letizia is focused on taking our EMT program to the next level by officially accepting appointment as the patrol's permanent medical director. Under the good doctor's guidance our EMT's and rescue team personnel will become even more proficiant in life threat intervention and airway management using tools like CPAP, and PEEP for acute respiratory emergencies and drowning resuscitationas well as passive high-flow apneic oxygenation cupled with high-quality CPR and lightening quick AED deployment for cardiac arrest resuscitation. Thanks to Dr Letizia's leadership we have become a legitimate part of the NJ state EMS system and in the near future our lifeguard EMT's will be carrying medications like narcan for opiate overdose, epinephrine and bronchodilators for anaphylaxis as well as aspirin and nitroglcerine for heart attacks. If you happen to see Dr Letizia on patrol with our aquatic rescue team, reach out, and say hello to our town's very first lifeguard physican medical director.
Drowning Guarded Area: 0
Drowning Unguarded Area : 1
Preventative Actions : 25,628
Minor Medical Aid: 480
Major Medical Aid: 188
Missing Persons Found: 136
Boat Vessel Assist: 22
Mutual Aid Code-X: 7
Surf Rescue Team Response : 85
Preventative Actions : 384
Major Medical Aid: 41
Boat Vessel Assist: 9
Mutual Aid Code-X: 1
RWC Responses : 18
Preventative Actions : 140
Boat Vessel Assist: 9
Equipment and Resources
Number of RWC's: 3
Number of engine hours per RWC: 26
Number of RWC Operator Hours (per operator) 24
Information about Sea Bright's lifeguard services as well as reactive rescue and medical response capabilities.
Sea Bright's multi-departmental 24 hour ARRT aquatic rescue response team specializing in high surf rescue, rapid underwater search and rescue medical aid/evacuation, and drowning resuscitation.
2020 Job Announcement for Rookie Ocean Lifeguard and River Safety Lifeguard.
Learn more about our lifeguard training and certification program.
The Sea Bright Junior Lifeguard program is truly a drowning prevention program and its the pride of our agency. In 2020 we had well over 250 registered JG's that participated in our water safety and drowning prevention courses.
Click on the button below to learn about our small crew competition team led by Lt. Andrew Rooney and Lt.. Ryan Dunigan
2020 RWC Rescue Team Challenge Information
Beach warning flag system and vital water safety information.