Become a Lifeguard

Why Lifeguarding?

Scottsdale Lifeguard

  • Lifeguarding is a fun and serious job.
  • Entertaining and beneficial experience, plus every day brings new adventures.
  • Pay for lifeguarding is higher than pay for other part-time jobs.

Getting Started

  1. Sign up for a lifeguard or swim instructor class to become certified. Certifications are through Starguard Elite and Starfish Aquatics Institute. Obtaining certifications does not guarantee job placement. (Classes resume November 2018)
  2. Fill out an application for the City of Scottsdale.  
  3. Take a skills assessment with the city. Skills assessments formally assesses applicants on water rescue scenarios and CPR scenarios as well as an oral interview.
  4. Employment is based on skills assessments, facility needs, and applicants availability. 

What will I Get Paid?

  • Lifeguard - $10.98/hour
  • Swim Instructor - $12.00/hour
  • Assistant Manager - $13.34/hour

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Aquatics
15525 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
P: 480-312-6677

Sunny Nakagawa
Operations Supervisor 
P: 480-312-6655
snakagawa@ScottsdaleAZ.gov