FREE Lifeguard Training

County Parks is again offering *FREE Lifeguard Training to those 15 years or older.  This is an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course. After successful completion participants will become certified in Lifeguarding, Title 22 Emergency Response/First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

*Note: The course fee (minus the $9 registration fee) will be refunded at the end of September as long as participants pass the course, are hired by and will have worked the entire summer at a North County Pool operated by County of SLO Parks and Recreation.

Lifeguard Training Flyer


Monday – Thursday, April 2 – 5, 2018, 9:00am – 6:00pm


All training will take Templeton Pool. Located at 5th & Crocker in Templeton


  • Minimum age is 15 years (by April 5, 2018 – course completion date)
  • Must be able to swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Swim 20 yards, surface dive to retrieve a submerged 10 lb object, and swim 20 yards with head above water holding object with both hands to return to the starting point


$184 (includes $9 non-refundable fee) course fee and Registration Form must be received by Wednesday, March 28, 5:00pm. Mail or walk-in your registration & payment to County of San Luis Obispo Parks & Recreation Department, 1144 Monterey Street, SLO, CA  93408, or FAX to 805.781.1102. Refunds will not be made for participants who do not pass the course, no-shows or any cancellations received after Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Registration Form


After completion of this course participants will be eligible to apply for a Lifeguarding position with the County of San Luis Obispo Parks & Recreation Department.  Starting pay is $12.00 per hour.  Apply online at:

Other Training Opportunities

Please review the 2018 Lifeguard Training Schedule for a list of Lifeguard Training courses available throughout the county and Santa Maria.  This list will give you  dates, fees and contact information for each course being offered.


Please contact Stacey King, Park Operations Coordinator at 805.781.4385 or by email at