Lifeguard Recruitment

Lifeguard Recruitment

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Become a Lifeguard with LA County

The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation is actively seeking and recruiting diverse candidates interested in careers in Aquatics to take the L.A. County Lifeguard Test; the first step needed to start the process to become a County Lifeguard.

The Department is currently running tests for two separate positions; Pool Lifeguard or Lake Lifeguard. Those who meet the requirements and those who reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County are especially encouraged to apply and can do so online or in-person.

Pool Lifeguard

Currently, the Department is working to reach a goal of hiring 260 Pool Lifeguards. Applicants must meet the following prerequisites:

Swim 500 yards in 10 minutes
Be at least 17 years old by June 1, 2022
Have at least 20/30 vision in each eye with correction, and at least 20/200 with both eyes open, without correction.

After completing the online form, qualifying candidates will schedule an appointment to participate in a Pool Lifeguard swim test during the following dates and locations:

Alondra Park Pool (3353 Redondo Beach Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260)
10/23/21 from 8am-12pm
11/2/21 from 5-8pm

Belvedere Aquatic Center (5035 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90022)
10/30/21 from 8am-12pm
11/4/21 from 5-8pm

Participants that pass the swim test to complete the initial qualification phase, will then proceed to train as Pool Lifeguard Cadets in the Lifeguard Academy and must successfully complete training before being promoted to Pool Lifeguards. The current pay rate for Lifeguard Cadets is $15 an hour.

Training is a minimum of 64 hours covering American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response, CPR, Automated External Defibrillator, First Aid, and Lifeguarding, with a mix of classroom, land, and water skills. There will also be a mix of swim conditioning and land based workouts (known in aquatics as dryland).

Lake Lifeguard

The Department is also working to hire Lake Lifeguards.
Applicants must meet the following:

  • Swim 1000 yards in 18 minutes.
  • Have Graduated high school (or equivalent)
  • Have at least 20/30 in each eye without correction (see job bulletin)
  • Have a valid California Class C Drivers License

After completing the online form, qualifying candidates will schedule an appointment to participate in a Lake Lifeguard Swim Test at either of the following dates/locations:

Arcadia Park Pool (405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA)
12/12 from 8am-12pm

Castaic Aquatic Center (31350 Castaic Rd., Castaic CA)
12/4 from 8am-12pm

Participants that pass the swim test to complete the initial qualification phase, will then proceed to train as Lake Lifeguard Cadets in the Lifeguard Academy and must successfully complete training before being promoted to Lake Lifeguards. The current pay rate for Lifeguard Cadets is $15 an hour.

Need to Train?

If you want to become a lifeguard, but either haven’t been in the water in a bit or have never taken a swim lesson before, LA County has got you covered! The Department is running the Lifeguard Ready Training Program; a free program for diverse candidates ages 16-24 who would like to become a County Lifeguard and gain the skills needed to do so. More information can be found here.

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