Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructor Training

Join Our Lifeguard Team ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Combine your passion for water into a job! Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation has an exciting opportunity as a Lifeguard in the Virginia Beach Community Recreation Centers. We are looking for observant and focused individuals to put your skills to use providing a safe environment while working with a nationally accredited team. 

Parks & Recreation is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and protecting our environment. We ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social, and economic circumstances – can access our programs. As a department, we strive to enhance the quality of life for our community by improving the physical and mental well-being of our residents.

 Lifeguard Training

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lifeguard Training

Boys assist injured swimmer

Our lifeguard course teaches students lifeguarding skills to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course is 34 hours in length including the eligibility swim. To pass the course you must attend all classes, correctly demonstrate all skills, pass two written tests, and successfully complete final water skills scenarios.  

This course is also offered as Blended Learning with live instructor-led class sessions and asynchronous online components. 

Prerequisites: Must be 15 years old before the end of the class session and must pass eligibility swim. Eligibility swim consists of 300 m/y continuous swim of front crawl and breaststroke; 20 m/y 10 lb. brick retrieval and tow; and 2 minutes treading water, legs only.

Certification: American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer 


To become a lifeguard with the City of Virgi​nia Beach, you must be at least 15 years old and currently certified in Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED for ​the Professional Rescuer. ​ 15 year olds must obtain a work permit.

 Water Safety Instructor Training

Water Safety Instructor Training

Our water safety instructor course trains students to teach American Red Cross swimming classes. The course is 32 hours in length including the eligibility swim. To pass the course you must attend all classes, pass all practice teaching assignments and score 80% or above on the final written test.

Prerequisite: Must be 16 years old and pass eligibility swim. Eligibility swim consists of 25-yard front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, and 15-yard butterfly. Must also tread water and float on back for one minute each.

Certification: American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor


 To become a water safety instructor with the City of Virginia Beach, you must be at least 16 years old and currently certified as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. 

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