Ocean Lifeguard

Essential Functions

Under the general supervision of a Marine Safety Officer, Lifeguards are responsible for the surveillance of the ocean and the prevention of emergency situations. They assist the public in case of emergency, render first-aid to injured patrons and exercise careful watch over recreational activities, facilities and equipment. Work schedule includes weekends and holidays.


High school diploma or GED. Possession of CPR and First Aid Certification. Must be able to pass physical test. Must be able to speak and understand English. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Lifeguard Test

Tests for the Lifeguard position are given throughout the year, based on position vacancy.

For confirmation of test dates call:

The City of Hollywood Human Resource & Risk Management Department


The Fire Rescue & Beach Safety Division

Perspective candidates must apply for this position at the Human Resources Department before test date.


The physical test for lifeguard consists of a 500 meter sand run/500 meter ocean swim (concurrent).

Candidates will run a 500 meter stretch of beach parallel to the ocean. They will then enter the water, swim around a buoy 15 yards off shore and swim parallel to shore 500 meters (in the opposite direction of which they ran) back to the starting line, where they will turn another buoy and head to shore. A 15 yard run up the beach (funnel finish) will end the test.

Passing time is 11 minutes.