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Lifeguard Tryouts

Every year LBFD-Marine Safety Division hosts an annual lifeguard tryout to select the candidates to join our ocean lifeguard academy. Make sure to subscribe to our email list to stay up-to-date with tryout information.

2023 starting pay was $25.52/hour

How to Become a Long Beach Lifeguard


Candidates must demonstrate strong swimming and running skills in order to move on in the selection process. We recommend training 3-5 days a week to prepare for our competitive tryout.

Tryout Day

The 2024 tryout date will be in March 2024. Long Beach Lifeguards will hold an open test for anyone interested in making it into our academy. Tryouts will be held at Long Beach Lifeguard Headquarters (2100 E Ocean Blvd). See below for qualifications and exam schedule.


  • Date: March 2024

  • Time: 8:30 AM Check-in

  • Location: TBA​

Tryout Schedule

8:30 AM- Briefing and Sign-up

  • Identification required at sign-ups

9:20 AM- 1,000 yard Ocean Swim

10:10 AM- Run-Swim-Run

2:00 PM- Announce candidate list for pre-employment score oral interview

  • Interviews will be scheduled between March 20th-March 24th

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit

  • Goggles/swim caps optional

  • Picture ID

  • Wetsuits are not permitted


  • No prior certifications or experience is required

  • Must be 17 years of age as of July 1st, 2023

    • Proof of age required at time of conditional employment offer (valid DMV issued Drivers License/Identification Card, U.S. Passport/Passport card, or current school ID).

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

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