Long Beach
Fire Department

Fire Headquarters
3205 Lakewood Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-2500
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 03022016
Long Beach Lifeguard Tryouts Take Place of March 6th, 2016
Scott Dixon
(562) 685-3102
Marine Safety Captain
Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Division

Seasonal Lifeguard Tryouts 2016

On Sunday, March 6th 2016, beginning at 8:00 a.m. the Long Beach Fire Department will hold an open test for anyone interested in becoming a Seasonal Lifeguard. Tryouts will be held at Long Beach Lifeguard Beach Operations located at 2100 East Ocean Boulevard. Please note: The best access for parking is to enter off Junipero Avenue. In addition, each candidate must bring a swimsuit, towel, Social Security Card, and picture identification. 

See below for qualifications, exam schedule, and duties.


• No prior training or experience is required

• 17 years of age as of July 1st, 2016 - Proof of age required at time of conditional employment offer (valid Driver’s License or Birth Certificate).

• Any applicant under 18 years of age must possess a valid work permit from his or her high school, high school diploma, or G.E.D. prior to the start of the training program.

Exam Schedule:

8:00 a.m. Briefing and Sign-up

9:00 a.m. Ocean swim, 1000-yards

9:30 a.m. Run-Swim-Run

12:00 p.m. Announce candidate list for pre-employment scored oral interview

12:30 p.m. Pre-employment interviews begin

2:30 p.m. Pre-employee briefing

The placing in the 1000-yard ocean swim and run-swim-run will determine who moves forward to the pre-employment scored oral interviews. All candidates will enter the pre-employment scored oral interviews at an equal level. The pre-employment oral interview scores will determine who qualifies for the Training Program. The candidates will enter into the training program after successful completion of all pre-employment forms and a medical exam.

The 8-day, 80-hour Training Program is tentatively scheduled for the following four (4) consecutive weekends: Saturday, May 7th - Sunday, May 8th; May 21-22; May 28-29 and June 4-5. Training will begin at 8:00 a.m. and include training in lifeguard tactics, lifeguard operations, first aid, D.O.T. first responder, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, rescue buoys, rescue boards, and timed events. Day 8 will include comprehensive written and practical testing.

The starting pay for a Seasonal Lifeguard is $19.97 per hour pursuant to completion of the Lifeguard Training Academy.

Ocean Lifeguard Duties:

• Watch a designated section of the beach and water from an assigned station
• Answer calls for help and perform rescue and resuscitation work
• Warn bathers of beach and water hazards
• Administer first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation
• Use and maintain rescue equipment
• Take charge of lost children
• Answer questions of beach visitors
• Advise regarding local beach and waterway related ordinances
• Serve as a crewmember or ride-along on rescue boats and in lifeguard vehicles
• Assist in salvage operations of small boats and their property
• Complete and maintain activity records
• Perform other related duties as required

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