Join the Ocean Safety Team

Looking for an exciting and challenging career and want to make a difference in your community?

Upcoming Tryouts

Check back here in a few weeks for updates, but Ocean Safety is planning for a tryout in early 2023!

Sign ups are conducted a week prior to a physical test, and candidates must present proof of certificates before they can take a physical tryout.

Next Tryout: In person registration on either Friday, Jan. 27, or Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 ... at 8 a.m., at Lifeguard Tower 1B in Ala Moana Beach Park. The physical performance test tryout is Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, at the same location. Candidates must register in person on either Jan. 27 or Jan. 28, in order to compete in the physical tryout on Feb. 3, or Feb. 4.

Job Benefits

How To Join

The Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division conducts a physical performance examination for employment opportunities as part-time, on-call contract beach lifeguards.

Open recruitment will be posted here when available for all part-time, on-call contract beach lifeguards. Physical exam tryouts are held at Tower 1B in Ala Moana Beach Park, and run over two days. Candidates need attend only one of the tryouts.

Physical Performance Exam

The physical performance examination is a strenuous activity. The performance examination consists of the following events:

1,000 Yard Run and 1,000 Yard SwimUnder 25:00 minutes
400 Yard Rescue Board PaddleUnder 4:00 minutes
Run-Swim-Run, 100 Yards each lengthUnder 3:00 Minutes

License Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have a current driver's license;
  • Have a High School diploma or GED (General Educational Development);
  • Provide proof of completion of an American Red Cross or YMCA Lifeguard Training Class*;
  • Provide proof of completion of a Basic First Aid Class*;
  • Provide proof of completion of the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Class or the American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider Class*.

*Only applicants who meet the above requirements will be allowed to take the performance exam, and all documents must be provided on the day of examinations – no exceptions. Current or expired CPR/First Aid cards will be accepted.

Still Have Questions?

For more information, contact the Ocean Safety Division at (808) 723-7861.

Training Resources

American Red Cross

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Lifeguards In Action

In 2021, Honolulu Ocean Safety watched over a record 21,000,000 beachgoers at beaches around the island. Lifeguards made more than 1.2 million preventative actions, more than 2,400 rescues and made more than 111,000 first aids. 

News Coverage

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