Aquatics Employment & Training

Current Openings & Opportunities

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. Part time work hours are available. Position wage starts at $16.07/hr.  

Download the 2016 Lifeguard test schedule.

Do you want earn service learning credits and lifesaving skills? Learn more about our Lifeguard Training Team!

How to Apply

To apply for a job at an indoor pool, call or visit one of our pools in person. To apply for a job at a beach or outdoor pool, call 206-684-4078. Other jobs in aquatics are Swimming Pool Cashiers and Recreation Attendants for wading pools.

Getting Started

  1. Get Certified! Sign up for an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course and the NW Lifeguard Test. Download the 2016 Lifeguard test schedule and Northwest Lifeguard Test 
  2. Get HiredDownload Application Packet and the address for sending a cover letter and resume + the part about contact the Aquatic Coordinator at any of the Seattle Parks and Recreation indoor pools.  Maybe include the link to the page with the list of all the indoor pools.
  3. Get Working! Once you are hired you will be required you will be required to pass a background check and a physical examination provided by the City of Seattle. Please email your cover letter and resume to: parksaquatics@seattle.gov or for more information call (206)684-4078.

You can also contact the Aquatic Center Coordinator at any of the Seattle Parks and Recreation indoor pools.
Required qualifications for Seattle Parks lifeguards

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

Desired qualifications

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

Once you are hired, you will be required to pass a background check and a physical examination provided by the City of Seattle. Please email your cover letter and resume to: parksaquatics@seattle.gov or for more information call (206) 684-4078.

Certifications

Lifeguard Training Instructor Certification

Seattle Parks and Recreation teaches American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Instructor (LGI). This approximately 30 hour course includes practical methods and theory for teaching Lifeguarding and water safety.

While not required for temporary employment as a lifeguard, all of our lifeguards hold Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification. LGIs are preferred job candidates because of the level of teaching training they have received. This certification also helps temporary staff if they choose to apply for permanent positions.

Lifeguard Training Instructors are authorized to Teach:

  • Lifeguard Training
  • Lifeguard Management
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Oxygen Administration for the Professional Rescuer
  • Preventing Disease Transmission
  • Community Water Safety
  • Basic Water Rescue

When you successfully complete the 30 hour course or Blended Learning, you will be certified in Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and AED. Certification is valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites

  • You must be 16 years of age
  • You must hold another Red Cross Instructor Authorization (such as CPR or First Aid) or complete the Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) course.
  • You must be able to pass a skills and written pretest, which includes all the materials in the final tests for Lifeguard Training
  • You must attend all sessions to pass this course

Payment is required in order to register for the class. Please contact the pool to make a reservations, and for further information about fees and textbooks. If you are younger than 18, a parent/guardian must sign a permission/ registration form. Space is limited, and registration will be done on a first come first served basis.

Additional Certifications offered by Seattle Parks

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

The Northwest Lifeguard Test

This course tests the rescue skills of an individual using proven lifeguard techniques. The purpose of the test is to examine an individuals' ability to perform the specific lifeguarding skills on any assigned victim at the time of the test.

Grading elements include

  1. 50 yards head high crawl under 45 seconds
  2. Variety of lifeguarding skills
  3. Spinal injury rescue in shallow water
  4. Dive and recover submerged victim
  5. Rescue of struggling victim

The Northwest Lifeguard Certification Test is offered on a regular basis at pools in the Greater Seattle area. The test is sponsored by the King and Kitsap Chapter of the American Red Cross in cooperation with recreation departments of the City of Bellevue and the City of Seattle.

* There are two certified versions of the NW Test. The full/beach certification, and modified/indoor pool certification. Scoring of the timed Head High 50 Yard Swim and the Underwater Swim in the Medley will determine your certification level. See Grading Criteria or call your nearest pool for details.

Purpose
The purpose of this test is to examine your ability to perform a series of lifeguard, rescue, and physical skills required by many northwest aquatic agencies, including Seattle Parks and Recreation. Any candidate that does not pass a section is strongly encouraged to complete the rest of the test for practice and experience.

Safety
The safety of test candidates and testers is crucial. For this reason we ask that candidates taking the test, immediately release any grasp if you are pinched. When acting as a victim for a skill being tested, you may use pinching as a signal that you are being held in a grasp that makes you feel unsafe in anyway.

Equipment and Jewelry
Specialized equipment (i.e. goggles, nose plugs, swim caps, etc.) are not allowed during any portion of the test. No jewelry, watches, earrings or bracelets are allowed. Please bring a towel out on deck with you.

Lifeguard Training

The Seattle Parks and Recreation teaches American Red Cross Lifeguard Training. This course is approximately 30 hours in length and includes Lifeguard Training, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Lifeguard. There is also an optional 4 hour module that helps prepare students for the Northwest Lifeguard Test.

This American Red Cross course is your first step in becoming a lifeguard for the City of Seattle. The purpose of the Lifeguard Training Course is to train, educate and test an individual's ability to be a professional lifeguard.

Learning and testing elements include:

  • Being a professional lifeguard
  • Interacting with the public
  • Preventing aquatic injuries
  • Swimmer and facility surveillance
  • Rescue skills
  • Being prepared for emergencies
  • First aid for injuries and sudden illness
  • Spinal injury management
  • CPR/AED and emergency care

When you successfully complete the 30 hour lifeguard training course, you will be certified in Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Lifeguard. Lifeguarding and First Aid Certifications are valid for two years. CPR/AED for the Lifeguard is valid for two year years

Prerequisites:

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds

More Information

  • Payment is required in order to register for the class. Please contact the pool to make a reservations, and for further information about fees and textbooks.
  • If participant is under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must sign a permission/registration form.
  • Space is limited, registration will be done on a first come first serve basis.
  • Lifeguarding and First Aid certifications are valid for two years.
  • CPR/AED for the Lifeguard is valid for one year.

What is the Lifeguard Training Team?

The Lifeguard Training Team is a FREE program, designed to train and certify Seattle's youth in lifesaving skills. The eight week program for youth ages 15-17 years old is designed to train participants to be lifeguards and build other job skills. Seattle Parks and Recreation provides training, books, uniforms, and basic materials at no charge. Participants get the opportunity to test for certification at the end of the program. This is your first step towards employment as a lifeguard!

The Lifeguard Training Team is a tremendous opportunity for you to learn and grow, to build lasting friendships, and to acquire skills you'll use for the rest of your life.

You don't have to be an Olympic athlete or world class swimmer to join. We just ask that you try your hardest, participate every day, and be part of the team. The instructors' provide a safe, well supervised and encouraging environment. The safety of the participants is our #1 priority.

As the next step towards aquatic employment, successful completion of this program opens up a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year at our indoor pools. Continue to build your lifeguarding resume by learning to teach swim lessons and water exercise classes, all while earning service learning credits.