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Lifeguard hiring for summer 2024 is complete 

Are you interested in becoming a City of Tucson lifeguard?

Here's what you need to know!
Get paid to train. Pay starts at $16.75/hr.
*All applicants must be at least 15 years old or older.

Infographic of application instructions listed below.


1. Register for a free Lifeguard Swim Test & Interview on (must be at least 15 years of age to register)

2. Apply for the Lifeguard position at

3. Pass the Lifeguard Swim Test
Come prepared to swim with a suit, goggles (optional), and a towel. You will be interviewed and perform the following in water swim skills.

  • 100-yard continuous approach stroke without tube (front crawl and/or breaststroke)
  • 50-yard approach stroke with a rescue tube
  • 2-minutes treading water using legs only
  • 50-yard side stroke supporting a dummy 
  • Retrieve a 10 lb. diving brick from ~12 feet, return it to the surface, and exit the pool without a ladder.

Next Swim Test:

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4. Upon completing the application and passing the swim test, you will receive a welcome email from to make an appointment to get fingerprinted. After completion of fingerprinting, you will be onboarded with Human Resources. You will receive an email from Workday to complete your pre-hire information. We will pay for your StarGuard certification which includes a 6-hour online course and 16-hour in-person course, with the commitment to work for the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department.

5. Once you have completed step 3, you will be registered for a Lifeguard Certification Class. You must pass the online and in-person required Starguard Lifeguard Certification Courses. (Online must be passed prior to in-person)

Next Courses:

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6. Meet with our team for orientation and pool placement.

Apply Online

Are you already a certified lifeguard? Apply online at to get to work today!

For questions about training or employment email

Contact Information

Contact Information

Phone: 520-791-4873
Class Registration: 520-791-4877
Fax: 520-791-4008

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