Jacksonville Beach looking to put more lifeguards on the beach

Jacksonville Beach is already getting busy.

Jacksonville Beach lifeguard captain Rob Emahiser said there are lifeguards out on the beach, but they’re looking to bring in a lot more.

“We would have more lifeguards out if we had more to put out,” he said.

He said they have about 40 lifeguards right now and are hoping to at least double that number.

“We’re looking for people who are dedicated, smart, tough mentally and physically,” he said.

We asked Emahiser why he believes the recruitment is more difficult this year.

“We’re thinking a couple things: People are busier, there’s more things to do in school, college, with internships and there’s places where you can make more money,” Emahiser said.

He said for those who are lifeguards it’s not about the money, it’s about public service and being part of a brother and sisterhood.

“Some guys count this as their greatest experience besides having a child or getting married and I would agree,” he said.

He said they have a class this coming weekend that can answer questions people may have before they become a part of the team.

The training class will be Sunday at 9 a.m. at the lifeguard station, located at 2 Ocean Front N, in Jacksonville Beach.

Action News Jax learned Tuesday that there is also a lifeguard shortage in St. Johns County. Fire Rescue officials said they need to fill a few positions.

Anyone who is interested in joining the team can attend an orientation Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Fire Rescue station near the St. Augustine Beach pier.