Fenwick Island Beach Patrol

Mission Statement:

To be an effective and well-trained beach patrol that provides a safe beach and swimming environment for visitors by using proper rescue, first aid and preventive lifeguard techniques as well as enforcement of all applicable beach ordinances.

The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol (FIBP) is certified through the United States Lifesaving Association that offers advanced training and lifeguarding skills. The FIBP is comprised of 28 men and women who utilize these skills to provide beach and water safety and also to compete at the local, regional, and national level.

FIBP hours of coverage for the public are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. This coverage extends from Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) and the first weekend in June (June 3-5), starting full time June 10 to Labor Day weekend (Monday). Additional September weekend hours will be determined per weather conditions and staffing.

Tim Ferry, Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Captain


Beach Access Assistance:

The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol provides access to the beach via our Side by Side vehicle, beach wheel chair and ATV. This service is ued to transport people with disabilities, injuries, the elderly and other special circumstances on to and off the beach. This services is provided between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM ONLY.

To utilize this service, you may call the beach patrol phone at 302-462-6949 or 302-462-6942 or go to the nearest lifeguard on the beach and request the service.


Lifeguard Sponsorship Program:

The Town of Fenwick Island is offering local business owners the opportunity to advertise on lifeguard stands for the 2017 summer season. The program is an innovative approach to supporting the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol and promoting area businesses. Sponsors have the opportunity to purchase advertising on up to five (5) spaces available on the eleven (11) stands from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Please make checks payable to the Town of Fenwick Island (no credit cards accepted). 2017-lifeguard-stand-sponsorship-application form or contact Kristy Brittingham, Administrative Clerk for more information.


Meet the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol:

The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol consists of 28 lifeguards, a lieutenant and a captain. The Town of Fenwick Island values the experience of its lifeguards.

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Junior Lifeguards:

All children must have had prior swimming lessons or possess adequate swimming skills. Although this program will provide some swimming techniques, this is not a swimming lesson. Children ages 9 – 15 are eligible for the Junior Lifeguard Program.

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Fenwick Freeze:

January 1st just isn’t complete without a dip in the ocean!

The Fenwick Freeze has become a Fenwick Island tradition. Begun eight years ago as a relatively small and local event, the Freeze has become a tradition for those visiting town over the holidays. Proceeds from the Freeze benefit the Fenwick Island Lifeguard Competition Fund.

The Fenwick Freeze is a great way to welcome the New Year! Registration Form


Annual Town Bonfire:

The Town’s Annual Bonfire to benefit the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol traditionally takes place over the 4th of July holiday. Games and music for both children and adults are provided. T-shirts and other items are available for sale to help off-set the cost of attendance at the USLA National Lifeguards Championships in Hermosa Beach, California this August. For more information regarding tax-exempt donations that can be made on behalf of the FIBP, contact Captain Tim Ferry.


Competitions and Awards:

The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol competes annually in both local and national contests. We have received many honors and awards but none can compete with the satisfaction of doing our job well.

The Town of Fenwick Island is proud of all of its lifeguards and congratulates them on a their hard work.