Beach Safety / Molly's Patrol

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Last Update: January 24, 2021 - 8:47am
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The Orange Beach Fire Department's Beach Safety Division had humble beginnings. Surf Rescue was formed in 2008 starting out under Parks & Recreation, daily patrols consisted of two USLA trained lifeguards covering 7 1/2 miles of coastline and educating visitors about beach and water safety. Ten years later Surf Rescue has grown tremendously receiving the title "Molly's Patrol," thanks to the generous donations from Tommy and Rebecca Bryant.

Molly's Patrol was established in the memory of Molly Bryant to further educate beach goers about the hidden dangers of rip currents and other beach hazards. On January 1, 2012 Surf Rescue was moved to the Fire Department and the Beach Safety Division was created.

As Lifeguards our goal is to provide a safe beach environment for all of our visitors. Feel free to stop by any lifeguard tower to ask about current beach conditions or regulations.

Our Team

  • Surf Rescue operates as an Advanced United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) agency providing water safety and medical aid.
  • We consist of 20 lifeguards: 2 full time and 18 seasonal employees.
  • Covering almost 8 miles of coastline ranging from Flora-Bama to the Gulf State Park Pavilion.
  • Lifeguards operate from March til September every day from 10 a.m. til 6 p.m.
  • Surf Rescue has five towers stationed at public beaches:
  • Tower 1 at Shell Beach
  • Tower 2 at Alabama Point East
  • Tower 3 and Tower 4 at Cotton Bayou
  • Tower 5 at Romar Beach
  • Roving Lifeguards cover the rest of the beach using 4 Honda MUV’s, 2 Beach Trucks, and 1 Jet Ski.

Contact Information


Junior Lifeguard Program

Orange Beach Surf Rescue will offer two Junior Lifeguard Program sessions in the Summer of 2020. Register via ActiveNet by clicking on the following links. (Please note: Parents/guardians will need to create an ActiveNet family account before enrolling. Find instructions after the Junior Lifeguard information.) 

The cost is $150.

Junior Guards will learn vital skills in all areas of water safety. Learning topics will include: rip current safety, beach safety, CPR, physical health, teamwork and water rescue. In addition, Junior Guards will perform daily physical exercise in the form of running, swimming, or a game. Instructors cover how rip currents are formed, how to identify them along the beach, and how to escape if caught in a rip current. At the completion of the program Junior Guard should have an overall higher level of water confidence and an improved swimming ability. Each Junior Guard will receive a rash guard, hat, bracelet and completion certificate.

Participants will need: running shoes, swim suit, goggles, towel, lunch and snacks daily.

Pick up/Drop off Location: Orange Beach Aquatics Center (4853 Wilson Blvd., Orange Beach).

For more information, contact Beach Safety Division Chief Brett Lesinger at 251-747-1051 or 251-974-7946 or email

Creating Your ActiveNet Account

To register for activities, you will need to create an Active Orange Beach account.

(Click here to download a printable version of the instructions to create an ActiveNet account.)

Step One:
  1. Start by accessing our new site at
Step Two:
  1. Click “Create an Account.

ActiveNet account creation screenshot to help guide new users

Step Three:
  1. Fill in your name and address. Required fields are denoted by a red asterisk (*).
  2. Click “Next.”

ActiveNet account creation screenshot to help guide new users

Step Four:
  1. Fill in your Contact Information. Required fields are denoted by a red asterisk (*).

Note: Cell phone numbers and emails are required. Both are essential communication tools for activity coordinators.

ActiveNet account creation screenshot to help guide new users

2. Click “Next” when complete.

Step Five:
  1. Enter your personal information. Required fields are denoted by a red asterisk (*).


ActiveNet account creation screenshot to help guide new users

2. Click “Next” when complete.

Step Six:
  1. Provide your Emergency Contact and Account Information.

All required fields are denoted by a red asterisk (*). Create a secure password you will be able to remember, but others will not be able to guess.

ActiveNet account creation screenshot to help guide new users


ActiveNet account creation screenshot to help guide new users

2. Once you complete all required fields, click “Create Account” or “Create Account and Add Family Members” to add family members to your account. Family members can include your spouse/partner, children or other family members who live at your home address.

Molly Bryant high school photo

Molly's story

In July of 2003, while on a trip to the Gulf Coast with her church group, Molly, with a group of friends, was swimming in the Gulf waters when the unthinkable happened. Molly was only 15 years old when she drowned, due to a rip current.

Molly was an outstanding and beautiful young lady.  She spent the first part of her last summer on a mission trip, ministering to and feeding homeless children in San Francisco.  This experience influenced her decision to devote her life to children’s ministry.  Molly loved children and had a compassion for those who were deprived of a life like hers, one in which she was so richly blessed and loved.

The Bryant Family knows Molly made her mark in this world, but realize she would not want them to end her mission of giving others hope.  They have diligently sought to make a difference:  working toward the implementation of beach and water safety standards.  The Bryant Family continues to work to make Orange Beach the safest beach along the Gulf Coast and to give the legacy of Molly Bryant and her love for children the gift of a safer environment for our children and our children’s children. Beach safety is vital to the entire community and specifically to those that choose to spend their vacations in our city. 


You can make tax deductible donations to Molly's Patrol by clicking the Donate link below. Donations help with equipment, personal, and repairs. All donations are greatly appreciated and will be utilized to increase the safety of the residents and visitors to our beaches. 

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