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Town of 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 and the first weekend in June, then starting full-time the second weekend in June through Labor Day weekend. Additional September weekend hours will be determined per weather conditions and staffing.

FIBP also enforce all Beach Rules & Regulations.


Beach Access Assistance:

The beach access assistance is temporarily suspended.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol provides access to the beach with a vehicle used to transport people with disabilities, injuries, the elderly and other special circumstances on to and off the beach. This service is provided between 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM ONLY.

To utilize this service, you may call the beach patrol phone at 302-462-6949.  Due to COVID-19, the following procedures will be in effect:

  • The person being transported must wear a mask.
  • You will be asked by the Beach Patrol if you are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms. If you are, the Beach Patrol can deny transport.
  • After each transport, the vehicle will be cleaned with a bleach solution. Please bring a towel with you to sit on as we will not be held responsible for any damages to your personal property due to the bleach.
  • One person at a time will be transported.
  • Only the person in need of assistance will be transported (no additional family members).
  • The Beach Patrol cannot help you get in or out of the vehicle. A family member can assist you.

Since we are limiting transport service to one vehicle, there may be wait times between transports.  Please be patient!

Please note that this is a courtesy service provided by the Beach Patrol.  We have the right to discontinue service if there is a surge in COVID-19.  It is our goal to keep everyone safe – those being transported as well as the lifeguards.

If you prefer, the Beach Patrol also has a beach wheelchair available.  To reserve the use of the wheelchair, please contact 302-462-6949.  To aid those who need assistance, as a reminder, their is a handicap ramp available at the Bayard Street crossover.


Lifeguard Sponsorship Program:

The Town of Fenwick Island is offering local business owners the opportunity to advertise on lifeguard stands for the 2020 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 (12) stands from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Please make checks payable to the Town of Fenwick Island.  Fill out the lifeguard stand advertising form or contact Linda Martin, Town Clerk for more information.


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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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 annual USLA National Lifeguards Championships in August. For more information regarding tax-exempt donations that can be made on behalf of the FIBP, contact Captain John “Ryk” Rykaczewski.


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 their hard work.


Fenwick Island Beach Patrol:

The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol welcomes your application! Try-outs are held in the spring and you will be contacted as to time and date.

Mail your lifeguard application to:
The Town of Fenwick Island
ATTN:  Beach Patrol Captain
800 Coastal Highway
Fenwick Island DE 19944

You can also email your resume to:  beachpatrolcaptain@fenwickisland.org

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