Please fill out the 2024 OC LIFEGUARD CADET APPLICATION so we can contact you with updates.

Tryout Waiver must be printed and signed and brought to check-in.

This is the entry level for seasonal lifeguard employment. Under supervision, the seasonal ocean lifeguard performs the following duties:
  • Provide visual scanning and surveillance of area of beach from an assigned station in the protection of life, limb, and property, advising beach-goers of County Ordinance violations, making rescues, and doing related work as assigned
  • Warn citizens of dangerous situations using an aggressive preventive approach, maintain communication with supervisors and headquarters
  • Rescue persons in distress, apply first aid, administer CPR as needed, maintain all lifeguard equipment, remove hazards and obstacles on the beach, and maintain a courteous relationship with the public and the fellow workers.
  • Communicate effectively and maintain outstanding public relations and service.
  • Swim in adverse weather conditions and rough surf.
  • Implement an effective course of action in an emergency situation.
  • Maintain constant observation of an assigned area for signs of danger.
  • Carry one’s self in a professional manner.
  • Maintain annual certifications, training updates and qualification
Minimum Qualifications:
Must be 16 years of age as of June 1st. Candidates must have the ability to read and write English and have the physical strength and endurance necessary to rescue a struggling victim in the water. All candidates are required to possess the visual and hearing acuity necessary to detect and rescue a struggling victim in the water.
Questions? Email us at info@oclg.org or call (949) 276-5050.

All applicants are required to successfully complete the following prior to being hired:
  • Pass a timed tryout in the ocean consisting of:
    • 500m Swim/400m Run/500m Swim/400m Run
    • 500m swim must be completed in less than 10 minutes
    • Entire swim/run/swim/run must be completed in under 25 minutes
  • Successful completion of OC Lifeguards Training Academy consisting of 90 hours of online and in-person instruction in the following:
    • Public Safety First Aid Certification
    • CPR/AED Certification
    • Open Water Search and Rescue, Lifesaving Techniques and Operations
  • Pass an Interview and Background Check
Mandatory Tryout, Orientation and Training Dates

Date: 4/13/24 (Saturday)
Time: 07:30 AM
Location: Salt Creek Tower #2
Objective: Safely test candidates for candidacy for the OCLG Lifeguard Academy.

Date: 4/13/24 (Saturday)
Time: 9:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: OCLG HQ - 34127 PCH, Dana Point
Objective: : An interview will be conducted immediately following the tryout. Interviews will be scheduled in 5 minute time slots from 945am-130pm. The interview will assist in further evaluation of candidacy for the Academy. Candidates must successfully pass the interview to proceed in the process.

Academy Orientation-
Date: 4/24/24 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00pm
Location: OCLG HQ
Objective: Prepare Cadets for the Academy’s requirements in uniform, blended/online learning and pretesting, health checks, and performance expectations.

Blended/Online Learning-
Date: 4/24-Due 5/15
Time: On your own time
Location: Remote/Online
Objective: Provide online pre-instruction and testing to prepare for the classroom instruction for Public Safety First Aid and CPR/AED.

Public Safety First and CPR/AED Aid Classroom-
Date: 5/18-5/19
Time: 8:00am-6:00pm
Location: OCLG HQ
Objective: Provide classroom based instruction, hands on skills practice and testing for PSFA and CPR/AED.

Open Water Lifeguard Academy-
Date: 6/3-6/9 (7 days)
Time: 8:00am-6:00pm
Location: OCLG HQ and Field Divisions
Objective: Provide intensive hands-on instruction, testing, certification, and in-field practical training for Open Water Lifeguard job performance.

OCLG On-Boarding-
Date: 6/12
Time: 7:00pm
Location: OCLG HQ
Objective: Candidates who successfully completed all requirements will complete the on-boarding process including payroll information, uniform issuing, shift assignment, drug screening and employee account set up.

Questions? Email us at info@oclg.org or call (949) 276-5050.