2020 Sea Bright Ocean Rescue
2020 Sea Bright Ocean Rescue
It is with a heavy heart that Sea Bright Ocean Rescue says goodbye to Lt Ray Reynolds as he permanently leaves the borough for medical school in Utah.
Ray began his seven-year stint as an ocean lifeguard with Sea Bright Beach Patrol in 2014 and rose to the rank of lieutenant quickly. Ray has directly and indirectly saved hundreds of lives, leading lifeguards into harm’s way so others may live. He sets the example, always professional, leading from the front while selflessly serving the public in various capacities as an EMT, rescue team member, lifeguard instructor, Jr lifeguard coach, competitor and for the last 3 years as second in command of SBOR. Ray has been on the front lines in-charge of several pivotal lifeguard operations from critical surf rescue, to underwater searches for missing swimmers to life threat medical aids, always vigilant, always squared away. When he is not leading lifeguards you find him in the water training for lifeguard competition or just sitting stand with a rookie.
One of Lt Reynolds best attributes is that he is one of the kindest human beings you will ever meet but do not confuse his kindness with weakness. Ray can take command of a situation quickly and decisively and when he does there is no question who is in charge. His ability to control chaos has benefited our team and will no doubt benefit the patients he will one day care for in the trauma suite.
So, we bid goodbye to an ocean lifeguard of the highest caliber and we wish him all the best in his new career. Sea Bright Ocean Rescue will move another lieutenant into the position that he leaves vacant but we will not forget him nor will we forget all he has done for the public, for the town of Sea Bright and for our lifeguard service. We are fiercely proud of you Lt Reynolds, you leave a legacy that will not be forgotten.
This is definitely one of the biggest rips we have seen on our beach this season. The surf was only 3 feet at best but it was from the right direction to create this big girl. The orange arrows point out the feeder, neck, and head of this flash rip. SBOR and our aquatic rescue team made over 400 preventive actions this day as well as 10 rip current assists (rescues). Nationwide, rip currents are responsible for about 80% of all water rescues on America's beaches.
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 70 days of lifeguard services staffed by a daily crew of 12 ocean and river lifeguards and 8 Ocean Rescue Specialists covering 2 public ocean front beaches, 1 private contracted ocean beach and 2 river front beaches.
1. Fatal Drownings (guarded and unguarded) 0
2. Preventative Actions 5,738
3. Water Rescue & Assists 178
4. Major Medical Aid (EMS) 21
5. Minor Medical 1st Aid 68
6. Missing Person (found) 25
7. Surf Rescue Team ARRT Activation 45
8. RWC Water Rescues: 15
9. Vessel Boat Assists: 7
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 public 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.
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 it is the pride of our agency. In 2018 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.
One of our rescue team lifeguards was recently featured in a news article highlighting the job he does as an ocean lifeguard and local township volunteer EMT. We are very lucky to have Sgt Maloney on the roster who is approaching his senior year at Sienna University . Dan is a 4th year ocean lifeguard and volunteers for two seperate local first aid squads making him not only a public servant but a public safety professional. He is a pivotal part of our rookie training program as he leads by example.