Lifeguard tryouts coming soon

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Those who want to protect the thousands of visitors that descend on Wrightsville Beach every summer are invited to Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue preliminary tryouts over the next couple weekends on Sunday, April 28, and Saturday, May 4. 

Physical requirements for any WBOR candidate include the ability to swim 500 meters in at least 10 minutes, run 1 mile in a maximum of 8 minutes and be at least 18 years old. Each candidate’s physical fitness will be put to the test during the tryouts, which consist of a half-mile ocean swim, a 1-mile soft sand run, one active victim rescue and one passive victim rescue. 

Ocean rescue lifeguards are required to work 48-hour weeks and complete the necessary two-week training process before the Memorial Day start date on May 14. Wages range from $9.50 to $10.75 an hour, with additional compensation possible for any candidates who have their North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician certification. 

Both tryout sessions will meet at the south side of Crystal Pier at 8:30 a.m. For an application, visit or pick one up from Town Hall. For more information, contact WBOR director Dave Baker at 910-256-7920 or 


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