Lifeguards to protect Island Beach State Park through September

     Ocean Bathing Area 1 in Island Beach State Park in July 2014. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    Ocean Bathing Area 1 in Island Beach State Park in July 2014. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    For the third season, a guarded bathing area in Island Beach State Park will be open for long weekends throughout September, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced.

    Swimmers will enjoy the protection of lifeguards at the Ocean Bathing Area 1.

    “Our lifeguards do a great job every year protecting the hundreds of thousands of swimmers and waders who enjoy the waters at the Jersey Shore,” said State Parks and Forestry Director Mark Texel. “We continue this service after Labor Day weekend because many local people enjoy the reduced crowds and fine weather during September at our beaches. As a result, we will have our swimming areas protected on the weekends.”

    For the remainder of the month, lifeguards will be on duty Sept. 9-12, Sept. 16-19, Sept. 23-26, and Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park hours are 8 a.m. until sunset. 

    Swimming will remain strictly prohibited in unguarded sections of the park.

    Some beaches along the Jersey Shore continue to offer lifeguard protection through September. Check with your local municipality. 

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