The East Bay Regional Park District is hosting a series of testing events starting Saturday for people interested in working as a lifeguard at the district's 11 pools, lakes and lagoons.
The park district is looking for 40 to 60 new full-time lifeguards for the 2019 swim season that runs from May through September. Anyone who is 16 or older by April 20 is encouraged to apply.
There are testing times on Saturdays and Sundays in the last three weeks of this month. Applicants will have to swim 550 yards in under 10 minutes, show they can carry a rescue board 50 feet, retrieve three dive rings under 4 to 7 feet of water, tread water for two minutes using only their legs, and retrieve a 10-pound brick from underwater.
The district will also conduct a short interview with people who successfully complete the test. Those who pass will then be invited to the district's lifeguard academy to receive paid training and certification.
The tests start at 1 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Swim Center in Pittsburg and 1 p.m. Sunday at Roberts Pool in Oakland. More information about the district's lifeguard program can be found here.