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Surf City Beach Patrol
Lifeguard-In-Training Program

Updated January 10, 2023 for the 2023 Season

About the Program

The Surf City Beach Patrol Lifeguard-In-Training Program (LIT) is a lifeguard preparatory program designed to prepare 10 to 15 year old individuals who are motivated to become ocean lifeguards for the duties of that job.  The areas emphasized in the program include water safety and basic rescue techniques, respect and understanding of the ocean, physical fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship, the ability to listen/follow directions, and the development of positive self-esteem and the ability to persevere These skills are developed primarily through hands-on activities guided by the LIT instructors.  The participants will be swimming in the ocean and bay, running, paddling on rescue boards, and engaging in body-weight circuit-style exercises. We also do lessons and simulations on lifesaving skills. It is an encouraging and fun environment, but we do expect that the participants want to be active and that they are willing to try their best every day.  


Participants will also have the opportunity to compete against each other and other LBI LIT programs in ocean lifeguarding events, which include running, swimming, and paddling.  On tournament days, the LITs will meet at the beach of the tournament (e.g. Barnegat Light, Ship Bottom, Harvey Cedars).  Even if your child is not competing, they will still meet at the tournament location. No instructors will be at the Surf City Borough on tournament days.  Please note that the application fee for this program does not include tournament fees, which are the responsibility of the competing participant.  Competing in tournaments is encouraged but not required.


Requirements for the Applicants

     The program is open to applicants from the ages of 10 through 15.  Some activities will encompass all of the participants while for other activities the participants will be broken out into two age groups.  Participants are expected to engage in active and challenging fitness and team building activities on a daily basis.  Parents, please make sure your child is willing to actively participate in this program.



Session Dates (for the 2023 summer season)

Session I - Monday June 26 to Friday July 21.

Session II - Monday July 24 to Friday August 18.



$250 for one session, $450 for both sessions.  T-shirt, sweatshirt, and shorts will only provided for one session if attending both.
Do not send any fees until you have received notification that you have been accepted into the program.  Fees are nonrefundable and no fees will be accepted before May 1.


The Application Process

All applicants, both returning and new will need to sign into the Application Queue (Step #1 below), which will go "live" Saturday January 28, 2023 from 10AM to 3PM EST.

 l All new applicants, including siblings and previous LITs who did not participate in either session during the previous (2022) season must sign into the application queue (Step #1 below) and submit the Introduction/Swim Skills video as described below.  Note that siblings are not automatically accepted into the program.  

 l Positions for returning LITs from 2022 are held only if Step #1 below is completed.  You will receive the application by e-mail a few days after the Application Queue goes live (see Step #1 below) and complete it by the dates indicated on it.  Again, to be clear, you must enter your information in the Application Queue in Step #1 below if you plan to return for 2023.  Returning participants do NOT need to complete Step #2 below.  Keep in mind if you are considering participating in both sessions you should sign up for both as they will assuredly be filled long before the summer begins. 

 l Admission criteria will include a variety of factors including the order in the Application Queue (Step #1 below), distribution of experience levels, and the Introduction/Swim Skills video (Step #2) below.

If you have any question about this process please e-mail for clarification.


 Step #1 - Reserve your Spot in the Application Queue

On Saturday January 28, 2022 at approximately 10AM EST the Google Forms link (below) will become active.  Click on this link and enter the required information to begin the application process.  If you have more than one child signing up please make sure to submit a separate Google form for each child.

2023 Surf City Sign Up Link

The Queue sign up opens Saturday January 28, 2023 at 10AM EST and closes that same day at 3PM EST.


Step #2 - Complete and Submit your Introduction/Swim Skills Video by Feb. 19, 2023
Please send a good quality video or link of the Introduction/Swim Skills indicated below to  Please name the video and e-mail subject as follows so we may easily identify it.   “Last Name, First Name - Age, SCBP LIT 2023”  For example, “Smith, John, 11 - SCBP LIT APP 2023”

The last day to submit the Introduction/Swim Skills Video is Sunday February 19, 2023.

Before your child completes the swim skills at the pool, please have them answer the three questions below while you are recording (responses should be less than one minute):
 What is your name? 
 Why do you want to want to be a Surf City LIT?
 Do you think you might want to be a Surf City lifeguard one day?

Swim Skills
Starting at the deep end of a 25 yard pool swim 25 yards to the other side of the pool, push off (or flip turn) and swim 25 yards back to the deep end.  Touch the wall and tread water for one minute.

We will be looking at the following during the swim skills video:
Swimming crawl (freestyle) stroke
Not stopping or touching the sides or bottom of the pool during the entire skills test
Swimming with head in the water, proper breathing technique
Strong, consistent kick and stroke, keeping hips high
Ability to swim straight down the lane
General comfort in the water


Step #3 - Notification of Status and Completing the Application
By end of day Sunday February 26, 2023 you will be notified of your application status, which will either be accepted or wait list.

If you are accepted into the program you will receive via e-mail the forms that need to be completed for participation in the program.




About Our Instructors

Program Director - Ashley Morris
Ashley graduated from Villanova in 2006 with a degree in Communications and subsequently earned her teaching degree from the College of St. Elizabeth.  Ashley is currently working as a middle school English teacher in Morris Plains.  She has over fifteen years of experience on the Surf City Beach Patrol and often supervises workouts and trains the new lifeguards in rescue procedures.  Ashley truly loves teaching young people and has coached Track and Field, Cross-Country, as well as High School Swimming.  She also has experience teaching 4 through 12 year olds how to swim.  Ashley is also an accomplished swimmer herself being part of the highly successful Surf City women's competition team and having won the pretigious Long Beach Island Championship Female Swim event.

Instructor - Lauren Rothstein
Lauren graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Technology with a minor in Communication Disorders.  Lauren was a stellar student-athlete at TCNJ, making the Dean's list each semester, earning the Lowell Johnson scholarship, and being inducted into two honor societies while competing for the TCNJ swim team, where she earned All-NJAC First Team honors in two events.  Lauren is currently an elementary school teacher on Long Beach Island and has been a Surf City lifeguard for ten years. As an ocean lifeguard, Lauren has been a key member of the outstanding SCBP Women’s Team, which has won championships both on and off LBI in recent years.  Lauren’s experience as a teacher and ocean safety specialist makes her an excellent instructor for the LIT program

Instructor - Ross Reynolds
Ross graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in fitness cardiac rehab/exercise science and a Masters of Science in Sports Pedagogy with a Health/Physical Education teacher certification.  He also was the Assistant Men’s Soccer coach at Ithaca.  Since 2001, Ross has been a MS Health/PE teacher in the Southern Regional School District as well as the Head Coach for the varsity girls’ soccer and middle school track and field team.  His ocean lifeguarding experience dates back to 1993 and even includes time spent guarding the big waves and rough surf of Hawaii.  Besides playing soccer in college, Ross is an outstanding athlete and waterman. He is an elite level triathlete and has been an integral member of some of the best lifeguard competition teams in the area.  While paddling has been his area of expertise, Ross is also a skilled rower and swimmer.  Ross's athletic prowess and coaching experience will be a great addition to the SCBP LIT Program.

Instructor - Scotty Meggitt
Scotty grew up in Surf City and graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology with a minor in Outdoor Pursuits. His Anthropology concentration was on the developmental, social, and physical benefits of outdoor education in comparison to western education. He was later inducted into the National Anthropology Honor Society. Scotty was a co-founder and president of the Ithaca Outing club. Currently he is working for Wells Mills County park taking clients on hiking and historical trips all over NJ as well as working under a sculptor in Brooklyn NY. Scotty has 7 years of experience on SCBP and received the 2021 Life Saving Award from Ocean County.
  Besides spending his summers protecting the bathers in Surf City, Scotty has been a key member of our competition team.   A true "Iron Man," Scotty is competitive in all lifeguard competition disciplines with his specialty being the paddle board.