Lifeguards on duty? Expect fewer down the shore before and after Labor Day

Staff will be lower during the week compared to weekends

David Madden
August 25, 2018 - 10:43 am

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WILDWOOD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The unofficial summer season is almost over and, as usual, we're seeing many people leaving their seasonal jobs to return to work and school. 

Lifeguards, too, are cutting back on their seasonal staff, but with Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, beaches are getting prepared for the influx of visitors.

Wildwood's beaches will be fully protected during Labor Day weekend, promised Ed Schneider, captain of the Wildwood Beach Patrol.

"Through next week up until the Labor Day weekend, we expect to have just over 30 lifeguards on staff, which is more than we've had in previous years," Schneider said.

This weekend and the next will see full staffing in Avalon, but at lower levels during the week. Ocean City's lifeguard coverage has already been cut by about 25 percent as they neared the end of summer. That level of coverage will remain until after Labor Day, when all shore towns cut back even further. 

You can check Ocean City's beaches for lifeguard staffing online here

But wherever you go, Schneider offered some common sense advice for those looking to take a dip in the ocean.

"We would like them to swim in front of one of the open lifeguard stands and never swim when a lifeguard is not on duty," he said.