About California State Lifeguards:
The California State Lifeguard Agency is among the largest and most extensive lifeguard agencies in the world. Additionally, the California State lifeguard training program produces one the highest trained entry level lifeguards.
California State Lifeguard Job Description: Performs a variety of aquatic services at State ocean and inland beaches, underwater parks, and recreation areas on a seasonal basis only.
Lifeguard Duties: Detect and rescue persons or vessels in distress; take command in emergencies; perform first-aid and resuscitation procedures; notify headquarters of accidents and water rescues; prepare reports; remove hazards; assist the public and advise visitors of rules and regulations; operate, inspect and perform maintenance on emergency rescue equipment and vehicles; operate PBX switchboard and radiotelephone; and other related duties.
The California State Lifeguards are directed under the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Because the span of the California Department of Parks and Recreation is so immense, the California State Lifeguard Agency is divided into districts that operate under the supervision of the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Over a dozen districts make up this lifeguard organization; the most prominent districts include Los Angeles District, Channel Coast District, Santa Cruz District, San Diego District, and Orange Coast District.
Furthermore, many districts are comprised of smaller subsections known as sectors. For example, Orange Coast District is comprised of South Sector, North Sector, and Crystal Cove Sector.
The starting pay for a California State Lifeguard is $14.91 per hour.
To Be Eligible For Lifeguard Employment You Must Have
Physical and Mental Strength
Willingness to work weekends and holidays
Visual and hearing acuity necessary to detect and rescue a struggling victim in the water
To Qualify For Lifeguard Employment:
You must pass a COMPETITIVE swimming test at a listed location consisting of the following:
1,000 yard open water swim. Time limit of 20 minutes.
A continuous 200 yard run, 400 yard swim, 200 yard run. Time limit of 10 minutes.
*Note: you must tryout at the location that you wish to work. For example, if you want to work at the North Sector in Orange District you MUST tryout at the Huntington Beach Location.
Qualification Appraisal Interview.
Following the physical tests, each district/sector will hold interviews for potential lifeguard candidates. Those who rank in a competitive position in the physical tests and interviews will be offered an opportunity to attend the California State Park Lifeguard Training Program. In order to increase your success in your interview, it is highly recommended that you prepare a lifeguard resume.
Successful completion of the California State Park Lifeguard Training Program.
This training program consists of an 8 day/80+ hour training program that will test both your physical and mental limitations.
The California State Park Lifeguard Training Program will instruct lifeguard candidates in:
• Advanced First Aid, CPR, AED
• Open Water Lifesaving Techniques
• Aquatic Search and Rescue Procedures
Upon completion of lifeguard training, newly trained lifeguards will return to their respective district/sector to begin their specific Field Training Program and to start