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Lifeguard certification course participants practice water rescues

Reduced-Cost Lifeguard Training Offered to Improve Community’s Water Safety

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The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department will offer two reduced-cost lifeguard certification courses this spring in an ongoing effort to improve the community’s overall water safety. While typical lifeguard training courses cost around $200, the multi-day course is available to city residents for $50.

The training will mix traditional learning with hands-on lessons to teach the public how to respond in a lifeguarding emergency.  Participants who successfully complete the course will leave with American Red Cross certifications in lifeguarding, CPR, AED, and first aid and be qualified for open positions with the City of Santa Barbara.

“We hope people will get their certification and choose to join our team of lifeguards, but we’re just happy to be able to provide this learning opportunity for the community,” said Aquatics Recreation Supervisor Tony Sholl. “The more people in Santa Barbara with lifeguard training, the better, and making it affordable is the first step.” 

The Parks and Recreation Department is currently recruiting hourly pool and beach lifeguards, Junior Lifeguard camp counselors, and swim instructors to prepare for summer. Hourly rates range from $18.78 to $23.92. Summer staffing is vital to the seasonal operation of the Ortega Park Pool and Oak Park Wading Pool, community swim lessons, and lifeguard-monitored beaches. Individuals interested in these positions are encouraged to apply and register for tryouts now.

Teens ages 15 through 17 looking to receive community service hours and work experience can apply to be a Junior Lifeguard Aide. This position assists with supervising the Junior Lifeguard summer camp program with the option of paid work experience as a lifeguard at Los Baños del Mar and Ortega Park Pool. 

Lifeguard certification courses will take place March 25-28 and May 25-27 at Los Baños del Mar. The dates have been coordinated during spring break and Memorial Day weekend to allow high school students ages 15 and older to attend. The last day to register for the first course is March 18. 

Individuals can register for a lifeguard certification course at SBParksAndRec.org and apply for open lifeguard and swim instructor positions at bit.ly/SBPRHourly.