By Kevin Jimenez

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career? If so, consider becoming a Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation lake or pool lifeguard!

This is your chance to work with some of the best lifeguarding professionals in the world! If you’re looking for a job that keeps you in shape and fills you with satisfaction, then being a lifeguard is an option you should consider.

 “Los Angeles County provides lifeguards the unique opportunity to work for the nation’s largest and most prestigious agency,” said Joe Goss, Chief of Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Aquatics. “From neighborhood pools to lake positions, our staff is rescue-ready to ensure our lake and pool patrons are safe. Being a lifeguard is a very rewarding career, because you’re making a difference. If you think you're ready for the challenge, we’ll help you achieve your goal.”

Candidates interested in becoming a lifeguard must first pass a qualifying swim test. To be considered, candidates must also be at least 17 years of age by start of employment, and have at least 20/30 vision in one eye and 20/40 in the other eye without corrective lenses.

There are three pool lifeguard swim test dates scheduled: Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Belvedere Community Regional Park, 4914 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles (626-369-1021); Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to Noon at San Fernando Regional Pool, 300 Park Ave., San Fernando (661-294-3532); and March 3 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Jesse Owens Community Regional Park, 9651 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles (310-965-8646).

No RSVP is required. Please bring proper ID, a swimsuit, and swim cap goggles if needed.

The swim test consists of evaluating candidates’ swimming skills. Candidates must swim 500 yards in less than nine minutes and 30 seconds. Once candidates successfully pass the swim test, they will be enrolled in a nationally certified lifeguard training program. Candidates will be hired based on their overall performance in the program.