City Of Tallahassee To Host Lifeguard Certification Classes

By: City of Tallahassee Email
By: City of Tallahassee Email

News Release: City of Tallahassee
May 21, 2014

The City of Tallahassee operates seven pools each summer swim season. Thousands of guests make lasting memories passing the day poolside and cooling off in the water. Their enjoyment is only possible thanks to the dedicated service of the lifeguards who stand watch at each facility.

The City is seeking certified lifeguards to help protect its pools this summer. Lifeguards have flexible schedules, and positions are available at all City pools.

To get certified, the City offers a Lifeguard Training Course. There are still two class sessions available: June 2-6 and June 9-13. The second class (June 9-13) is only open for those individuals applying for work with the City of Tallahassee. Each class runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is held at the Trousdell Aquatics Center, 298 John Knox Road.

Registration is going on now at the Trousdell Aquatics Center from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The registration deadline for each class is the day before the class starts, but registering as soon as possible is encouraged to guarantee a spot in the class. The class costs $75 for those wanting to work for the City this summer. If you want to get certified but are not seeking work with the City, the class costs $175.

Prerequisites required for participation in the Lifeguard Training Course include the following. These skills will be tested on the first day of class to determine eligibility. Candidates who cannot pass these skills will not be permitted to take the course. Practicing in advance is recommended.
• Be at least 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled day of the class for which you are registered.
• Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not allowed when meeting this requirement. Swim goggles can be used during this portion of the pre-test.
• Tread water for two minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
• Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet and retrieve a 10 pound object. Return to the surface with the object. Swim 20 yards back to the starting point while holding the object with both hands and face out of the water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. This skill must be completed in its entirety within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Swim goggles cannot be used during this portion of the pre-test.

For a full list of City aquatic facilities and more information, please visit

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