In 2006, North Myrtle Beach City Council members voted to take complete control of beach safety, which had previously been ran by contracted independent service franchises. This step had never been taken before by a municipality in the Grand Strand area. Lifeguards are no longer "dual role" and do not rent beach chairs and umbrellas. The only function of lifeguards in North Myrtle Beach is beach safety.
Lifeguards are now trained above and beyond minimum guidelines of the United States Lifesaving Association. The City of North Myrtle Beach Ocean Rescue Division has the proud distinction to be the only USLA Certified Agency on the Grand Strand. The ocean rescue operation is overseen by the Public Safety Department and managed by Lifeguard Coordinators. All Coordinators are state certified law enforcement officers and also certified Lifeguard Instructors. Each year the City hires approximately 100 lifeguards to cover 50 Lifeguard Towers and 9 miles of beachfront.
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Beaches and oceans are dynamic natural environments. Crowd conditions, currents, waves, wild animals, and other water and beach conditions can rapidly change. The risks and conditions shown on this site are informational only and not always real-time. Actual conditions may differ. Lifeguards are not always on duty or available. Always remain aware of your surroundings and exercise due care for your own safety and the safety of others around you.
Always check for water warnings or check with a lifeguard before you swim.