Florida teen bitten during lifeguard training camp: ‘Shark capital of the world’

July 9, 2024: Florida Teen Bitten During Lifeguard Training Camp: ‘Shark Capital of the World’

A 14-year-old boy was bitten by a shark during a lifeguard training camp in Florida on Monday morning, Volusia County Beach Safety (VCBS) officials confirmed. The incident occurred at Ponce Inlet, a beach area north of the jetty, around 11:15 a.m. The boy was participating in the Junior Lifeguard Camp when he was attacked.

The Boy’s Injuries

According to witnesses, the boy landed on the shark while diving into the water, which led to the attack. The shark bit the boy on his right calf, causing non-life-threatening lacerations. The boy was treated on the scene and later transported to the hospital for further treatment. His parents took him to get stitches, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Shark Species

Witnesses described the shark as a 4 to 5-foot Black Tip, a common species in the area. Black Tip sharks are known to frequent the beaches in Volusia County, which is considered the “shark capital of the world.” According to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack file, Volusia County has recorded 351 shark attacks since 1882, making it the highest in the world.

Recent Shark Attacks

This incident comes just days after two separate shark attacks in nearby New Smyrna Beach. A 26-year-old man was bitten on the foot while floating in an inner tube on Friday, and a 21-year-old man was bitten on Thursday while playing football in shallow water. These incidents highlight the importance of shark awareness and safety measures in the area.

Shark Attack Statistics

Florida leads the world in shark attacks, with 16 recorded in 2023. Hawaii follows closely, with eight unprovoked bites last year. According to the International Shark Attack file, most shark attacks in Florida occur between September and October, with July and August also being common months.

Beach Closures

In June, miles of beaches in Walton County were closed due to two back-to-back shark attacks. The recent attacks in Volusia County have raised concerns about shark safety in the area. Beachgoers are advised to exercise caution when swimming in the ocean and to follow safety guidelines.

Lifeguard Training

The Junior Lifeguard Camp is a training program for young people interested in becoming lifeguards. The program teaches participants essential skills, including water entries, rescue techniques, and first aid. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of shark awareness and safety measures, even during training exercises.


The incident in Ponce Inlet serves as a reminder of the potential dangers of shark attacks in Florida. While the boy’s injuries were non-life-threatening, the incident highlights the importance of shark awareness and safety measures. Beachgoers are advised to exercise caution when swimming in the ocean and to follow safety guidelines. The incident also underscores the importance of proper training and preparedness for lifeguards, who play a critical role in ensuring the safety of beachgoers.

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