East Bay Regional Park District Seeks Lifeguards for 2018 swim season
The Park District will soon be hiring 180-200 lifeguards to work at its 11 lakes, lagoons, and pools in the East Bay. The pay ranges from $16.15 to $24.89 per hour. All positions are seasonal, full-time May through September. Anyone age 16 and over is welcome to apply.
“Over the years, the Park District has trained and employed thousands of East Bay youth and young adults as lifeguards,” said East Bay Regional Park District Board President Dennis Waespi. “Many lifeguards have gone on to careers in firefighting, law enforcement, medicine, emergency services, and teaching.”
There are three tryouts scheduled over the next few weeks. Participants will be asked to swim 550 yards in under 10 minutes, carry a rescue board 50 feet; retrieve dive rings under 4-7 feet of water, tread water for two minutes using only their legs, and retrieve a 10-pound brick from under water. There will also be a short interview.
Those who pass the tests will be invited to the District’s Lifeguard Academy where they will receive free training and certification in open water lifeguarding. The Academy takes place over five weekends in April and May, with the swim season beginning in May at most facilities.
“The District takes visitor safety very seriously,” said East Bay Regional Park District Aquatic Manager Pete DeQuincy. “Lifeguards play a major role in educating the public about water safety and responding to emergencies.
• Saturday, March 31, 2018 (1:00 p.m.) Granada High School Swimming Pool, Livermore, CA
• Saturday, April 7, 2018 (1:00 p.m.) Roberts Pool, Oakland, CA
• Sunday, April 8, 2018 (1:00 pm) Roberts Pool, Oakland, CA
Lifeguards can work at any of the Park District’s 11 swim facilities: Lake Del Valle in Livermore (east and west sides of the lake), Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton, Quarry Lakes in Fremont, Lake Don Castro in Hayward, Cull Canyon in Castro Valley, Roberts in Oakland, Lake Temescal in Oakland, Lake Anza in Berkeley, Diablo Foothills in Walnut Creek, and Contra Loma in Antioch.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 121,000 acres in 73 parks including over1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor