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AQUATICS LIFEGUARD - Temporary Employment

Seattle Parks and Recreation is currently recruiting for Temporary Lifeguards for eight indoor pools in Seattle.

Current Red Cross Lifeguard certification is required, and candidates must be at least 16 years old to apply (link to apply is below).
Part time work hours are available. Position wage starts at $16.07/hr.

For the other eight indoor pools operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation, e-mail resume/cover letter to or contact the pool in your area.

Click here to read more about the Lifeguard Training Team, and to download the application.

Applying for a Job

To apply for jobs at an indoor pools, call or visit a pool. To apply for jobs at a beach or outdoor pool, call (206) 684-4078.

  • Lifeguard
  • Teach Swimming
  • Exciting Opportunity
  • Great Responsibility
  • Challenging Job
  • Public Safety
  • Great Pay

Other aquatic jobs are Swimming Pool Cashiers and Recreation Attendants for Wading Pools.


  1. Must be at least 15* years old prior to the first class, able to swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating crawl and breast stroke, able to retrieve a 10 pound object from a minimum depth of 7 feet within the specified time limit.
  2. Sign up for Lifeguard Training
  3. Sign up for Northwest Lifeguard Test
  4. Download Application Packet You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this 

  5. Send a cover letter and resume and/or aquatic application to or mail to:

    Seattle Parks and Recreation
    Aquatics Section at Westbridge
    4209 W. Marginal Way SW
    Seattle, WA 98106-1211

    Or contact the Aquatic Center Coordinator at any of the Seattle Parks and Recreation indoor swim pools.


Lifeguard PayFirst Step: $16.07

All temporary employees are paid a percentage of their salary as premium pay in addition to their regular hourly rate. Premium pay is in lieu of base level of vacation and all other fringe benefits.
** $16.07 + 5% premium pay is $16.87 (2016 pay rates)

* Must be 16 years old to work for Seattle Parks and Recreation


Required qualifications

  1. American Red Cross Lifeguarding and First Aid
  2. American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Lifeguard
  3. Northwest Lifeguard Test
  4. 16 years old

Desired qualifications

  1. Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certification
  2. Lifeguard Training Instructor (LGI) Certification

Required once you are offered a job

  1. Pass Background check
  2. Pass Physical provided by City of Seattle

Please email your cover letter and resume to: or for more information call (206) 684-4078.

Last Update April 26, 2016


The Lifeguard Training Team is a FREE Program designed to train and certify Seattle's Youth in Lifesaving Skills.
This eight-week program is open to teens age 15-17.

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Dates: Wednesdays, March 30th - June 8th, 2016
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Rainier Beach Pool
Cost: $160
Register: In person at the Pool, by phone: 206-386-1925
Course code 147598

through Blended Learning
requires computer access
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, April 27th - June 6th, 2016
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Southwest Pool
Cost: $125  + $35 registration for online access through Red Cross
Register: In person at the Pool, by phone: 206-684-7440
Course code 145185

LIFEGUARD Review/Renewal
through Blended Learning
requires computer access
Dates: June 4-5, 2016
Time: Saturday 5-9pm & Sunday 12-7:30pm
Location: Evans Pool
Cost: $100  + $27 registration for online access through Red Cross
Register: In person at the Pool, by phone: 206-684-4961
Course code 142471

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

This class will prepare youth and adults 15 years and older to become lifeguards. The course will include CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguard Training. This certification is required for those who wish to work as a lifeguard.

Offered as a traditional classroom or blended learning course. Blended learning requires computer and broadband internet access to complete online coursework.

» LGI Certification

» WSI Certification

» Become a W.S.I. Online Blended Learning Class

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