The City does not currently offer public Lifeguard Training classes. Individuals who apply and successfully interview for the Part-Time Lifeguard position will be hired and paid to receive certification training on the job.
How to become a lifeguard for the city
FREE LIFEGUARD TRAINING is available FOR swimmers INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LIFEGUARD FOR THE CITY.
Through a blend of online study and in-person land and water skill practice, participants learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid, CPR/AED and other lifesaving techniques needed to become a professional lifeguard. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR certification (valid 2 years), orientation training, and begin work shifts as a Lifeguard for the City.
Pre-course Skills Test (must be successfully demonstrated during the hiring interview and then again on the first day of class):
Swim 300 yards continuously (that's 12 lengths in our competition-sized pool) demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
Complete a timed event: 20 yard swim using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound brick and, holding the brick with both hands, swim 20 yards back to starting point. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Must be completed in 1 minute, 40 seconds.