All lifeguards must learn how to properly communicate using a radio. When addressing another stand or a supervisor you first start by saying their callsign and then yours. For example if you were stationed at Caribbean and wanted to contact your border guard (Jamaican) about a suspicious person, you would initiate communication by saying “Jamaican, Caribbean”. This gets the attention of the person you’re trying to contact first and then lets them know who is contacting them. All callsigns of managers and supervisors are the numbers between 601-606. See Table 4 for other callsigns. The fine for losing your radio is 800$.

10-7Taking a 15min break and will be off the beach
10-8Break is over and you are back on the beach
CopyI understand, I hear you.
10-4Yes, okay
10-9Can you repeat that
25Meet halfway (for border-guards or supervisors) ex. “Can you 25 me?”
Signal 7Shark – We say this on the radio in order to make sure that beach-goers listening to the radio do not become alarmed when they hear the word shark.
Code 1Distressed swimmer with floatation device 
Code 2Distressed swimmer without Floatation device 
Code 3Multiple distressed swimmers – no matter if they have floatation 
Code XDrowning victim has gone under


JBS handbook illustrates our standard operating procedures, as well as other necessary information that will be beneficial to you. We encourage you to become familiar with the information in the handbook. This information will be covered again throughout your initial rookie training program.

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App Training

Please start this after you have read through the handbook. We have a custom application that we use to manage our rentals. To help you learn the application, we have created a series of training videos. Close captioning and transcripts provided.

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