Over the last year, the Department has expanded its community outreach to bolster recruitment efforts within the Lifeguard Division. During the week of July 14-21, the Department ran 30-second ads in eight movie theaters to recruit qualified Ocean Lifeguard candidates. Additionally, Lifeguard Division personnel were out and about in the community hosting recruitment information seminars, recruiting at schools and sporting events, and participating in the County’s Public Safety Career Youth Program.
Through these recruitment efforts, the Department was successful in attracting a diverse Ocean Lifeguard applicant pool from the five supervisorial districts. On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Department’s Lifeguard Division hosted the 2017 Ocean Lifeguard Candidate Swim Exam, at Dockweiler State Beach. Qualified candidates participated in a competitive swim, with top finishers advancing to the next step in the application process to become an Ocean Lifeguard.