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Special Announcements

Lifeguard

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 $15.44/hr.

For the other eight indoor pools operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation, e-mail resume/cover letter to parksaquatics@seattle.gov 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.


HOW TO GET STARTED

  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 

document.
  5. Send a cover letter and resume and/or aquatic application to parksaquatics@seattle.gov or mail to:

    Seattle Parks and Recreation
    Aquatics Section at Westbridge
    4209 W. Marginal Way SW
    Seattle, WA 98109-4330

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


PAY INFORMATION

Lifeguard PayFirst Step: $15.44

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.
** $15.44 + 5% premium pay is $16.21 (2014 pay rates)

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


REQUIREMENT

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: parksaquatics@seattle.gov or for more information call (206) 684-4078.



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Last Update December 16, 2014

LIFEGUARD TRAINING TEAM

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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UPCOMING TESTS



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LIFEGUARD TRAINING

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.

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION
Dates/Times:

Sun, Dec. 28, 1:30-6:30pm
Mon, Dec. 29, 12-7pm
Tue, Dec. 30, 12-7pm
Fri, Jan. 2, 12-7pm
Sat, Jan. 3, 1:30-6:30pm
Location: Ballard Pool
Cost: $160
Pre-Test: Friday, Dec. 5 at 8:15pm and Wednesday Dec. 10 at 8:15pm
Course Code: #123841

 

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION
through Blended Learning
requires computer access
Dates: Fridays, Jan 30th – Mar 27, 2015
Time: 6-8:30pm
Location: Evans Pool/Green Lake Community Center
Cost: $125 + $35 registration for online access through Red Cross
Register: In person at the Pool, by phone: 206-684-4961, or Register Online
Course Code: #129052

 

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION - Standard Course
Dates: Monday and Wednesday
February 2 - March 11, 2015
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Southwest Pool
Cost: $160
Pre-test: on the first night - February 2, from 8-9:30 p.m.
Registration: Starts on December 2 at 12:00 p.m.
In person at the pool, by phone, 684-7440, or online
Course Code: #125829

 

NORTHWEST LIFEGUARD TEST PREP COURSE
Dates: March 30, 2015
Time: 8-9:30 p.m.
Location: Southwest Pool
Cost: $45.00
Registration: Starts on December 2 at 12:00 p.m.
In person at the pool, by phone, 684-7440, or online
Course code #125830

 

Northwest Lifeguard Test Prep Course
The purpose of this course is to review the skills needed to pass the Northwest Lifeguard Certification Test (NWLCT), a water skills test required for employment as a lifeguard with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

» Northwest Lifeguard Preparation Class Flyer

» LGI Certification

» WSI Certification

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

» Register Online

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