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The City of San Clemente’s Marine Safety Division announced that the tryouts for seasonal lifeguard and lifeguard trainee positions will occur on Sunday morning, Feb. 20, at the division headquarters, just north of the pier.

Applicants will attempt to complete an approximate 800-yard ocean swim in 13½ minutes or less, and those who succeed will compete in a 1,200-yard run-swim-run. Check-in on the day of tryouts is scheduled for 7 a.m.

The top candidates from the physical tests will be invited to an interview the same day, and the top candidates from that process will be invited to participate in a mandatory 92-hour training held consecutively on Saturdays and Sundays, from March 26 to April 24.

Candidates must be at least 16 years old with a valid work permit by June 1 to be eligible to apply, and must be available for all 92 hours of training. Those under 18 must have signed a parental consent form prior to participating in tryouts.

Those looking to try out must either complete an online application form at or apply in-person at the Marine Safety Division Headquarters.

Pay for the ocean lifeguard position ranges from $18.24 to $22.17, and the entry level lifeguard trainee position is paid $15 an hour.

For additional inquiries, contact Lt. Sean Staudenbaur at or call 949.361.8219.

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