In 2006, North Myrtle Beach City Council members voted to take complete control of beach safety, which had previously been ran by contracted independent service franchises. This step had never been taken before by a municipality in the Grand Strand area. Lifeguards are no longer "dual role" and do not rent beach chairs and umbrellas. The only function of lifeguards in North Myrtle Beach is beach safety.
Lifeguards are now trained above and beyond minimum guidelines of the United States Lifesaving Association. The City of North Myrtle Beach Services Division has the proud distinction to be the only USLA Certified Agency on the Grand Strand. Beach Services operation is overseen by Lifeguard Coordinators. All Coordinators are state certified law enforcement officers and also certified Lifeguard Instructors. Each year the City hires approximately 120 lifeguards to cover 54 Lifeguard Towers and 9 miles of beachfront.
North Myrtle Beach Lifeguards must meet the minimum United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) standards and all certifications are provided at no cost to qualified applicants.
Note: Successfully complete the Beach Patrols 56-hour Lifeguard Academy class and receive certification as a Lifeguard and in CPR, First Aid, and AED (this will be taught during the Lifeguard Training Academy)