Spend your summer on the beach in a fun, challenging, and 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
  • 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.
Tentative Payscale 

  • Lifeguard 1 – $12.45
  • Lifeguard 2 – $13.29
  • Lifeguard 3- $14.35
  • Senior Guard-  $16.36
  • Supervisor – $19.13

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 tryout)

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 1:00pm. Once 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 applicant must pass a urine drug screen. Applicants who meet all the above qualification will be allowed to join the Lifeguard Training Academy starting immediately after the drug screen.

Lifeguard Academy

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 in 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 Driver’s License and Social Security Card (or other I-9 accepted Identification) to the first day of the Lifeguard Training Academy, or you will not be allowed to attend!

For more information on the Lifeguard Academy, click here.

Returning Lifeguards

Returning lifeguards must mail back the “Re-qualification Date Postcard” to schedule the re-qualification swim.  Lifeguard will meet at Headquarters on schedule re-qualification dates.

Must be on time! Bring a copy of  Driver’s License and Social Security Card, and the Physical Examination Letter (signed by a physician) to be allowed re-qualify.

Lifeguards must swim 500 meters in 10 minutes or less and pass a urine drug screen on that date.

Good Luck!

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