Become a Lifeguard

Why Lifeguarding?

Scottsdale Lifeguard

  • Lifeguarding is a fun and serious job.
  • Rewarding and beneficial experience, plus every day brings new adventures.
  • Learn money management, build self-confidence and a sense of responsibility, and impart basic work skills such as interviewing and working with colleagues.

Incentives for Summer 2022

  • Temporary 'special duty pay' during the peak summer season from May 22, 2022 - Aug. 27, 2022, base pay will increase to the following:
    • Lifeguard/Instructor - $14.50/hour
    • Head Lifeguard - $15.02/hour
    • Assistant Pool Manager - $16.93/hour
  • StarGuard certification class fee reimbursement after 90 days of employment.
  • More detailed information about incentives available in job applications. 

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. See classes available and sign up here.links to external site
  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/Swim Instructor - $12.90/hour*
  • Head Lifeguard - $13.92/hour*
  • Assistant Manager - $15.35/hour*

* These rates are not applicable during the peak pay program from May 22, 2022 - Aug. 27, 2022.*

Contact Information

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

Aquatics@ScottsdaleAZ.gov