Kure Beach Ocean Rescue to hold open tryouts May 2, May 9

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The Kure Beach Ocean Rescue Team will host open lifeguard tryouts for the upcoming season next month.

According to Assistant Chief Ed Kennedy, open tryouts will be held at 10 a.m. May 2 and May 9 on the beach near the Kure Beach pier. Tryouts are open to those 16 and older and participants do not have to be lifeguard- or CPR-certified before trying out for the ocean rescue team. The tryout includes a 1.25-mile run, followed immediately by a half-mile swim.

“You will be timed and it will be extremely competitive,” Kennedy said. “After the physical test, everyone will meet back at the fire department for random interviews.”

Those selected will receive two weeks of training before the season begins.

“We will train you in everything you need to know in those two weeks, including basic victim rescue, multiple victim rescue, advanced rescue techniques, unconscious victim rescue, CPR and first aid, medical application on the beach, and advanced medical application on the beach,” Kennedy said. “The two-week training period will also consist of extreme physical conditioning, which will push you harder and faster each day.

“If you can make it through the two weeks of training, you will officially begin work as a Kure Beach lifeguard Memorial Day weekend.”