Joshua Greinstein (referred to as Josh) developed the Marine First Responders and their Junior Lifeguard Programs after seeing the need for open water safety training and services in his community. Over the course of his career, he realized that not all individuals possess the basic knowledge about the marine environment and the potential dangers that are ever present in and around the water.
A 1994 graduate of Indian River State College’s Fire Academy, Josh also has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and is a state-certified paramedic. His skill set has been refined with 12 years of service in Fire Rescue, working as a flight medic, and in a high volume emergency room.
Josh’s professional marine experience started with ocean rescue, where he currently guards the beaches of Palm Beach County’s North District. He also has several years’ experience as a lifeguard at private beach clubs and private communities. His skills have become second nature and he believes that ongoing training and education is what is necessary to successfully deal with high stress rescue situations.
Other aspects of Josh’s training includes; advanced level rescue swimmer with Ocean Rescue Systems in Portland, Maine, advanced PADI SCUBA certification and intermediate freediving level with Performance Freediving International.
Josh’s passion for the ocean was apparent to his parents early on; after he graduated high school they sent him to Costa Rica. It was there that he learned of the dangers of rip currents and unguarded beaches. During an afternoon look at the ocean, Joshua witnessed the tragic scene of two drowning victims, lying on the beach beneath white sheets. Upon his return home, he immediately enrolled in the American Red Cross lifeguarding certification class, where he learned that superior lifeguarding should be focused on prevention. When necessary, lifeguards perform the most heroic rescues as first responders.
Josh’s first trip to Costa Rica ignited his passion for travel to go along with his lifelong love for the ocean. He has gained invaluable experience on the beaches of France, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, North Carolina, Maine, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Oahu’s North Shore, Tahiti, Indonesia, and most recently Half Moon Bay, California for the West Coast Big Wave Safety Summit. Big Wave surfing elite, members of the Coast Guard, Fire/Ocean Rescue and first responders from across the world, gathered at the event to evaluate the risk assessment plan for big wave surfing competition events at Mavericks and other big wave surf spots around the globe. He is also regularly involved with lifeguarding competitions and watersports expos to keep in touch with the current local activities. The culmination of his career is to bring all his experience together to benefit his and eventually other communities.
Lead Lifeguards Instructors