Since its founding in 1921, the Rehoboth Beach Patrol has enjoyed a proud history rich in tradition and excellence. The following is a sketch of that history. These photographs, some dating back to the 1920’s are displayed in the RBP headquarters. To view these photographs or contribute items to the collection, please contact RBP headquarters, or contact us.
Founded by Benjamin F. Shaw and the Red Cross with a total of 2 guards.
Stations set up on Rodney St., Stockely St., Delaware Ave., Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Ave., Virginia Ave., Henlopen Ave., and Deauville beaches. Patrol enlarged to 17 guards.
Captain Frank Coveleski introduces the lieutenant system. With 2 miles of beach divided into 4 sections, each supervised by a lieutenant. Total of 17 guards.
Resuscitator and inhaler introduced as standard beach patrol equipment. Total of 20 guards
New beach patrol headquarters built at Baltimore Ave. and the Boardwalk, with a complete First-Aid facility. Total of 23 guards.
Portable oxygen units introduced on major beaches. Total of 25 guards.
Beach expansion on north and south ends. Total of 30 guards.
New beach patrol headquarters and first-aid facility. Total of 42 guards.
Beach expanded 150 ft. past south end of boardwalk.
USLA Regional Championships added to RBP summer event schedule. Celebrated 75 years of service. Alumni Association formed by Bill Vernon, T.C Coveleski, Kent Buckson, Herb Miller, Pete Hartsock and Andy Walsh.
1st drowning located off Hickman/Brooklyn Jetty. Mike Johnson was 24 years old.
Norfolk and Little Wilmington doubled. Total patrol increased to 45 guards.
Beach Patrol’s 85th Anniversary.
30th Anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Lifeguard Olympics.
Beach Patrol’s 90th Anniversary
Rehoboth Beach Patrol takes over supervision of the handicap beach wheelchairs.
Beach Patrol Celebrates 100th Year. Tradition of Ringing RBP bell to signal the start of our watch.