• Tryouts

    03/11/23 9:00AM

    Lifeguard Academy

    3/11/23 – 3/19/23 11:00AM

  • MAY

  • Tryouts

    5/1/23 9:00AM

    5/13/23 9:00AM

    Lifeguard Academy

    5/1/23 – 5/9/23 9:00AM

    5/13/23 – 5/25/23 11:00AM

  • JUNE

  • Tryouts

    6/15/23 9:00AM

    Lifeguard Academy

    6/15/23 – 6/23/23 9:00AM

  • JULY

  • Tryouts

    7/10/23 9:00AM

    Lifeguard Academy

    7/10/23 – 7/19/23 9:00AM


  • Tryouts

    8/1/23 9:00AM

    Lifeguard Academy

    8/1/23 – 8/9/23 9:00AM

Click Here to complete the online application


  • Tryouts will be held @UTMB Field House Pool: 301 Holiday Dr., Galveston, TX 77550
  • Requirements to advance to the Lifeguard Academy:
    *Swim 500 meters less than 10minutes, pass background/drug screen and physical*
  • Lifeguard Academy begins immediately following the tryout and is 8-12 hours per day
  • Location: Steward Beach Pavilion – 201 Seawall Blvd, 3rd Floor
  • Please bring food, drinks, towel, sunscreen, swimsuit, etc.

Click here to read our COVID-19 policy.

Spend your summer on the beach in a fun, challenging, and a responsible position working for the Galveston Island Beach Patrol!

  • Must be 16 or older
  • Pass a urine drug screen
  • Pass the Lifeguard Training Academy

(Note: Selections are made on a competitive basis)

Conditions of Employment

Lifeguards will be scheduled according to their availability, but are expected to work full-time, especially weekends and holidays, throughout the summer. Beach lifeguarding is very physically demanding and guards are expected to maintain adequate levels of fitness and training at all times.


  • Lifeguard 1            $18.00
  • Lifeguard 2            $19.00
  • Lifeguard 3            $20.00
  • Lifeguard 4            $21.00
  • Senior Guard         $22.00
  • Senior Guard 2      $23.00
  • Supervisor             $25.00
  • ** if you work 500 hours or more you get a $2/hr raise with backpay

Click Here to complete the online application

Click here to download the Physical Waiver (must bring physical waiver in order to tryout).

Tryout Information

Applicants will come to one of two to three tryout dates with a completed application and physical examination letter (signed by a physician). At the tryout, applicants will have to swim 500 meters in 10 minutes or less in the UTMB Field House pool located at 301 Holiday Drive, Galveston, TX 77550. Everyone who passes the swim will have to take a drug test.  Participants are generally finished by 1:00 p.m.  Those that pass their drug test and meet all the above qualifications will be allowed to join the Lifeguard Training Academy.  The academy can run 8-10 hours per day.  Please come prepared with food, and drinks.

Lifeguard Academy

Each year, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol trains a group of Lifeguard Candidates, or “Rookies”, in a rigorous Lifeguard Training Academy. The Academy includes United States Lifesaving Association Open Water accreditation, along with an option for American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification. Lifesaving skills are learned in a pool environment and perfected in the open water of the Gulf of Mexico.

The course consists of 100 hours of training including American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and CPR for the Professional Rescuer, United States Lifesaving Association Open Water Lifeguard Training, tourist relations training, and physical training. Lifeguard candidates will be paid a training wage for the time they spend on the training course. Upon successful completion of the Lifeguard Academy, candidates will be promoted to Lifeguard 1 status and will be eligible to work for Galveston Island Beach Patrol.

Make sure you have completed your online application prior to tryouts.  Bring you driver’s license and an acceptable I-9 document or you will not be allowed to attend the Lifeguard Training Academy.

Good Luck!

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