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Lifeguard-In-Training Program

About the Program

2021 Surf City LIT Application Download

The Surf City Lifeguard-In-Training (LIT) Program is open to children from 10 through 15 years of age.  There will be two sessions each summer and each session will be 4 weeks long.  The program will be held Monday through Friday from 10AM to 12PM.  The primary goal of our LIT program is to teach young people about ocean lifeguarding and safety.  The areas stressed in the program include water safety and basic rescue techniques, respect and understanding of the ocean, physical fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship, the ability to listen/follow directions, and the development positive self-esteem.  These skills are developed primarily through “hands on” activities guided by the LIT instructors.

Participants are expected to engage in active and challenging fitness and team building activities on a daily basis.  Parents, please make sure your children are up for this type of program!

Participants will also have the opportunity to compete against each other and other LBI LIT programs in ocean lifeguarding events such as running, swimming and paddling.  On tournament days the LITs will meet at the beach of the tournament (e.g. Barnegat Light, Ship Bottom, Harvey Cedars).  Even if your child is not competing, they will still meet at the tournament location.  No instructors will be at the Surf City Borough on tournament days.  Please note that the application fee for this program does not include tournament fees, which are the responsibility of the competing participant.  Competing in tournaments is encouraged but not required.

Dates/Times/Fees and Application Process

New applicants will be admitted to the program based on swimming competency and the timeliness and completeness of applications.  Swimming ability is important not only for safety reasons but also to develop possible future Surf City lifeguards. 

2021 Surf City LIT Application Download

Swimming Competency Requirement for New Applicants

When you submit your application you will also send a video of your child performing the skills indicated below.  Please keep the video running continuously during the skills test.  We will be looking to see how comfortable your child is in the water, how well he/she can maintain the freestyle/crawl stroke without stopping, and tread water immediately after the swim when tired. 


For the 2021 summer season the session dates will be as follows:

Session I - Monday June 28 to Friday July 23.

Session II - Monday July 26 to Friday August 20.


Fees - $250 for one session, $450 for both sessions.  Clothing only provided for one session if attending both.



About Our Instructors

Instructor - Ashley Morris
Ashley graduated from Villanova in 2006 with a degree in Communications and subsequently earned her teaching degree from the College of St. Elizabeth.  Ashley is currently working as a middle schools English teach in Morris Plains.  She has over fifteen years of experience on the Surf City Beach Patrol and often supervises workouts and trains the new lifeguards in rescue procedures.  Ashley truly loves teaching young people and has coached Track and Field, Cross-Country, as well as High School Swimming.  She also has experience teaching 4 through 12 year olds how to swim.  Ashley is also an accomplished swimmer herself being part of the highly successful Surf City women's competition team and having won the pretigious Long Beach Island Championship Female Swim event.


Instructor - Lauren Rothstein
Lauren graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Technology with a minor in Communication Disorders.  Lauren was a stellar student-athlete at TCNJ, making the Dean's list each semester, earning the Lowell Johnson scholarship, and being inducted into two honor societies while competing for the TCNJ swim team, where she earned All-NJAC First Team honors in two events.  Lauren is currently an elementary school teacher on Long Beach Island and has been a Surf City lifeguard for eight years. As an ocean lifeguard, Lauren has been a key member of the outstanding SCBP Women’s Team, which has won championships both on and off LBI in recent years.  Lauren’s experience as a teacher and ocean safety specialist will make her an excellent instructor for the LIT program

Instructor - Ross Reynolds
Ross graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in fitness cardiac rehab/exercise science and a Masters of Science in Sports Pedagogy with a Health/Physical Education teacher certification.  He also was the Assistant Men’s Soccer coach at Ithaca.  Since 2001, Ross has been a MS Health/PE teacher in the Southern Regional School District as well as the Head Coach for the varsity girls’ soccer and middle school track and field team.  His ocean lifeguarding experience dates back to 1993 and even includes time spent guarding the big waves and rough surf of Hawaii.  Besides playing soccer in college, Ross is an outstanding athlete and waterman. He is an elite level triathlete and has been an integral member of some of the best lifeguard competition teams in the area.  While paddling has been his area of expertise, Ross is also a skilled rower and swimmer.  Ross's athletic prowess and coaching experience will be a great addition to the SCBP LIT Program.