Become a Lifeguard

Are you looking for a summer job as a lifeguard?

The City Of Orlando trains and hires lifeguards to help keep our pools safe.

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Step 1.Check your eligibility

To become a lifeguard, you must:

  • Be 16 years or older
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Pass background and drug screenings
  • Be available to work the entire summer

Step 2.Be a good swimmer

The Red Cross sets swimming standards for lifeguards. You must be able to:

  • Swim 300m (12 laps) freestyle or breaststroke
  • Tread water for two minutes without using your hands
  • Retrieve a 10 pound brick in 10 feet of water 

Step 3.If you are a certified lifeguard, request a swim test

We will ask you to attach a scan or clear photograph of your certification.

Request a Swim Test 

Step 4.If you are not certified, sign up for a certification class

Sign up for one of the classes listed below. Classes will be online and in-person, with ten people and two instructors per class.

Online classes are self-paced and must be completed before the in-person training begins. You must attend all days for a class.

Class 1: College Park Pool

2411 Elizabeth Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804

March 22 (Online) March 23 (Online) March 24 (Online) March 25 (Online) March 26 (In-person) March 27 (In-person) March 28 (In-person)
Anytime Anytime Anytime Anytime 5 - 9 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Class 2: Wadeview Pool

2177 South Summerlin Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806 

April 5 (Online) April 6 (Online) April 7 (Online) April 8 (Online) April 9 (In-person) April 10 (In-person) April 11 (In-person)
Anytime Anytime Anytime Anytime 5 - 9 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Class 3: College Park Pool

2411 Elizabeth Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804

April 19 (Online) April 20 (Online) April 21 (Online) April 22 (Online) April 23 (In-person) April 24 (In-person) April 25 (In-person)
Anytime Anytime Anytime Anytime 5 - 9 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Class 4: Wadeview Pool

2177 South Summerlin Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806 

May 3 (Online) May 4 (Online) May 5 (Online) May 6 (Online) May 7 (In-person) May 8 (In-person) May 9 (In-person)
Anytime Anytime Anytime Anytime 5 - 9 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Class 5: College Park Pool

2411 Elizabeth Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804

May 17 (Online) May 18 (Online) May 19 (Online) May 20 (Online) May 21 (In-person) May 22 (In-person) May 23 (In-person)
Anytime Anytime Anytime Anytime 5 - 9 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sign Up For a Certification Class

Step 5.Attend your selected class

You will take a swim test on the first day of class.

Remember to bring:

  • Government issued ID
  • Social security card
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Change of clothes
  • Paper, and  pencil
  • A sweater or jacket if you get cold easily

At the end of the class you will be certificated in: 

  • Lifeguarding
  • First aid
  • CPR for the professional rescuer
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) 
  • Oxygen administration

Step 6.Apply for a job in person

At the end of your certification class, we will give you an application for a summer job.

Step 7.Complete the hiring process

Someone from our Human Resources department will contact you to setup your background check and drug screening. The hiring process might take up to three weeks.