Ocean rescue preparing for busy season

Ocean rescue preparing for busy season
There aren't any guards in the stands yet, but the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is already busy getting ready for the Summer season. 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - There aren't any guards in the stands yet, but the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is already busy getting ready for the Summer season.

Lt. John Scull said the squad already had one tryout last weekend and plans to have another this Saturday.

The test consists of a half a mile swim and a mile run plus two rescues. Scull said he and the other leaders are looking for people who want to serve the community.

"Maturity and the ability to manage yourself up there because you are standing up in the stand by yourself," he said. "You need to have the attention to detail to be able to watch the water and to know where your swimmers are at all times, and you need to know where your hazards are at all times."

The guards patrol the beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day looking at ocean currents and looking out for any possible threats.

Scull said it's important for people to check with the guards before entering the water and to always swim near a stand.

"Conditions can change really rapidly depending on the swell and on tide change and wind," he said. "We can go from a no wind day to 15-20 mph winds in a very quick time. We are at the mercy of mother nature out here, so even on a nice beautiful day when it looks pristine the water could still have a lot of hazards that change in a moments notice."

If you're interested in being trying out click here for more information.

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