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With the summer only a few months away, the city of San Clemente is gearing up for the season up by hosting tryouts for seasonal lifeguards and lifeguard trainees on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Marine Safety Division headquarters near the San Clemente Pier.

To qualify, applicants will compete in an approximately 800-yard ocean swim and finish in less than 13 ½ minutes. Successful candidates will then compete in a 1,200-yard, run-swim-run. The top candidates from the physical tests will be invited to an interview that same day.

The top candidates from the interview process will be invited to participate in a mandatory 92-hour training program, which will be held on March 28 and 29, and April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26.

To be eligible, candidates must have a valid work permit and be at least 16 years old by June 8, 2020; they also must be available for all 92 hours of training. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a signed parental consent form prior to participating in the tryouts.

The use of wetsuits, goggles, fins, or other swimming aids are not permitted.

Applicants can apply online at or in-person at the Marine Safety headquarters.

The Ocean Lifeguard position is paid an hourly rate ranging from $18.24 to $22.17. The entry level Lifeguard Trainee pay is $12.04 an hour. For additional information, contact Rod Mellott at or call 949.361.8219.

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