The Rehoboth Beach Patrol
Established in 1921, the Rehoboth Beach Patrol is considered one of the Nation’s leading Beach Patrols. With over an 95 year history of excellence in safety, a strong history in lifeguard competition achievements, and a fully operational Emergency Medical Unit, the Rehoboth Beach Patrol is truly leading the way to tomorrow… and beyond.
The Rehoboth Beach Patrol is a department of the City of Rehoboth Beach. It operates seasonally from Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through three weeks following Labor Day.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the 2020 RBP Jr. Guard Program has been cancelled. We are sorry but safety is our first priority for the little ones! (effective 5/19/2020)
All registrations & checks sent in have not yet been processed or deposited and will be disposed of by a shredder. Please contact Captain Buckson with any questions or concerns. (effective 5/19/2020)
DUE TO COVID-19 ALL PRE EMPLOYMENT TEST SESSIONS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED: PLEASE EMAIL CAPTAIN KENT BUCKSON WITH QUESTIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portable wooden lifeguard stands are positioned throughout the beach based on beach patron population. Two lifeguards are assigned to each stand; some areas that are highly populated have an additional stand staffed by one lifeguard, on a per diem basis.
Rehoboth Beach Headquarters is located on the Boardwalk at Baltimore Ave., just north of Rehoboth Ave. The headquarters houses an Emergency Medical Unit and the administrative offices.
The Rehoboth Beach Patrol utilizes state of the art GPS digital portable radios that are linked to the beach patrol communications center, located at the headquarters.
Beach Wheel Chairs
Contact the Beach Wheel Chair Supervisor @ 302-227-2280 for sign out information. We do not take reservations, first come, first served on a daily basis. Each beach shack contains 5 beach wheelchairs located on Maryland Avenue (North Boards) and Laurel Avenue (South Boards). Beach Wheel Chairs Hours of Operation (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 7 days a week)
AS OF 2017 NO TENTS AND/OR CANOPIES ALLOWED ON THE BEACH DURING THE SUMMER SEASON.
Currently, the Rehoboth Beach Patrol is staffed with 55+ full-time seasonal lifeguards. Relief lifeguards supplement the full-time staff providing an additional 15-20 lifeguards, all of which are City of Rehoboth Beach employees.
Captain Kent Buckson, 2 Chiefs, 4 Lieutenants, and an EMT/Paramedics Technician are assigned to the headquarters.