TRYOUTS for 2021

July 6th at 7:00 AM
UTMB Pool House
301 Holiday Dr. Galveston, TX 77550

Check back here or call us for updates the day before tryouts.  Swim location may be subject to changes.


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Spend your summer on the beach in a fun, challenging, and a responsible position working for the Galveston Island Beach Patrol!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 16 or older
  • Able to swim 500 meters in 10 minutes or less than (Lasker pool you will be swimming 550 yards)
  • Pass a urine drug screen
  • Pass the Lifeguard Training Academy

(Note selections are made on a competitive basis)

Conditions of Employment

Lifeguards will be scheduled according to their availability, but are expected to work full-time, especially weekends and holidays, throughout the summer. Beach lifeguarding is very physically demanding and guards are expected to maintain adequate levels of fitness at all times.


  • Lifeguard 1            $14.00
  • Lifeguard 2            $15.00
  • Lifeguard 3            $16.00
  • Senior Guard         $18.00
  • Senior Guard 2      $19.00
  • Supervisor              $21.00

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete the following:

  • click here to fill out the online application, and
  • click here to download the Physical Waiver (must bring physical waiver in order to try out)

Completed applications and a physician signed copy of the Physical Waiver Form need to be brought to tryouts.

Tryouts and Interview Dates

Applicants will come to one of three Tryout Dates with a completed Application and Physical Examination Letter (signed by a physician). At the tryout, applicants will have to swim 500 meters in 10 minutes or less in the UTMB Field House pool. Everyone who passes the swim will participate in an interview. Tryout and interview participants are generally finished by 1:00 PM. Once the applicant passes these two steps, they will be invited to participate in the Run-Swim-Run held at Stewart Beach. Once the Run-Swim-Run is successfully completed the applicant must pass a urine drug screen. Applicants who meet all the above qualifications will be allowed to join the Lifeguard Training Academy starting immediately after the drug screen.

Lifeguard Academy

Each year, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol trains a group of Lifeguard Candidates, or “Rookies”, in a rigorous Lifeguard Training Academy. The Academy includes United States Lifesaving Association Open Water accreditation, along with an option for American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification. Lifesaving skills are learned in a pool environment and perfected in the open water of the Gulf of Mexico.

The course consists of 100 hours of training including American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and CPR for the Professional Rescuer, United States Lifesaving Association Open Water Lifeguard Training, tourist relations training, and physical training. Lifeguard candidates will be paid a training wage for the time they spend on the training course. Upon successful completion of the Lifeguard Academy, candidates will be promoted to Lifeguard 1 status and will be eligible to work for Galveston Island Beach Patrol.

Bring a Driver’s License and Social Security Card to the first day of the Lifeguard Training Academy, or you will not be allowed to attend!

Click here for the dates and times of the 2021 Lifeguard Academy.

Good Luck!

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