Since 1911, the Cape May Beach Patrol has served the beaches of Cape May.  Though much has changed in the past 100 years, the principles and goals of our organization have not — keeping you safe!

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  • Our hours are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with exception to prior to July 1st and after Labor day when hours are reduced to 5:00 PM.
  • We provide an emergency response team until dusk, responding to 911 calls for water rescues.  Additionally, a number of guards are outfitted with pagers to respond to calls 24 hours a day, anywhere on Cape Island.
  • We protect every beach in Cape May City proper, from “The Cove” to “Poverty Beach,” which is roughly a 2.5 mile stretch.
  • During peak season, nearly 60 guards staff 25 stands overseeing tens of thousands of bathers.  Guards respond to hundreds of water and medical emergencies, as well as providing other public services.
  • Each day, 3-5 Lieutenants work supervising, training, and responding to medical and other emergencies. Each lieutenant is a NJ Department of Health certified EMT. Additionally, many other guards have chosen to train to the EMT level or higher on their own.  Further EMS service is provided by the Cape May Fire Department.

While our primary goal is to keep you safe, we also participate and host various lifeguard competitions, previously including USLA Lifeguard Nationals, which brings the world’s best open-water lifeguards to Cape May!

Please explore our website and utilize the resources including safety information, watch our YouTube safety channel, learn about employment or view a map of our stands and permitted activity.

 NOAA CURRENT WEATHER Marine Forecast for Cape May, NJ


- Last day of 2016 Coverage is September 11.

- View short documentary on the CMBP here.