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How to Become a Pensacola Beach Lifeguard

NEW: (6/9/2015)

Lifeguard tryouts will take place on July 18th at the UWF pool, building 72, at 7:00am. Please arrive fifteen minutes early for paper work.  The tryout will consist of a 600 yard swim in ten minutes or less and a 1 1/2 mile run  at the UWF track in twelve minutes or less. The minimum age requirement is 16 years old. We require American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification and the ABILITY to obtain a valid Florida driver's license to be hired.

The minimum age requirement is 16 years old. We require American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification and the ABILITY to obtain a valid Florida driver's license to be hired. The ARC CPR for the professional rescuer is recommended. The tryout consists of a 600 yard swim in no more than 10 minutes and a 1.5 mile run in no more than 12 minutes. There is a 30 minute break in between. If you pass in the allotted time and have proper requirements you will then be scheduled for an interview.

If chosen, qualified applicants will then be required to complete the guidelines set forth by the USLA for an open water seasonal lifeguard trainee. This includes, but is not limited to, successfully passing 80 hours of open water training. More details can be found here.

*The minimum requirements are non-negotiable and are conditions of employment*

Starting pay: $14.15/hr.

-You will have to be present at a tryout.
-Bring all certifications with you.
If you have any more questions please feel free to email Senior Lifeguard Alexander Johnson at

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