Become a Lifeguard

 

Chandler Lifeguard

Prepare for an exciting career as a lifeguard or water safety instructor with the City of Chandler. Each season, the City of Chandler seeks reliable, dedicated, hard-working individuals to become part of our aquatics team. We are now recruiting for the 2019 season.

 

Take the first step and get certified. Once you have successfully obtained the correct certifications, take the dive and apply.

 

Concerned about passing the prerequisites? Take our Lifeguard Prep Academy.

Step One: Get Certified

Lifeguarding American Red Cross teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries.

Upon successful completion, a participant will receive a certificate for Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
  • Tread water for two (2) minutes, legs only
  • Complete a timed event within one (1) minute, 40 seconds. (Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps).
  • Must be 15 years of age by the last day of the class.


Participants are responsible for acquiring their own pocket mask and American Red Cross Lifeguard Manual prior to the first day of class.

 

Certification Classes:

The purpose of this course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress.

Prerequisites:

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform 25 yards of front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, and butterfly (15 yards);
  • Maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (float or sculling)
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Must be 16 years of age by the last day of the class.


Participants are responsible for acquiring their own American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Manual & Water Safety Instructor Manual prior to the first day of class.

 

Certification Classes:

Step Two: Apply

Starting Salary: $10.75 per hour

Minimum of 15 years of age

Applicants Must Be Enrolled or Currently Hold the Following Certification:

Starting Salary: $11.85 per hour

Minimum of 16 years of age

Applicants Must Be Enrolled or Currently Hold the Following Certifications:

 
 

Not quite old enough to be a lifeguard? 

Join our Junior Lifeguard Program. Youth, 10-15, learn water safety and the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard. Participants will have an introduction to first aid, and CPR/AED and build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguard course. Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

To participate in Junior Lifeguard Progam, the following skills must be demonstrated:

  • Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side.
  • Tread water for one minute.
  • Float on the back for 30 seconds.
  • Submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater.

The skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the program. Participants should bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class. Upon completion of this program, the participant will receive a certificate of completion and t-shirt. Upon turning 15 years of age, they will be prepared to enroll in the American Red Cross Lifeguard course, where the knowledge and skills of a lifeguard will be taught.