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Beach Patrol - Lifeguard Physical and Skills Performance Test

Clearwater Beach Patrol is a United States Lifesaving Association certified agency. As such, we meet and exceed the requirements to maintain certification by:

  • Requiring lifeguards to pass a preliminary fitness test prior to their application being processed for hire.


  • Ability to swim 500 meters and run 1-mile under 18 minutes combined (the clock does not stop between the swim and run).


  • Swim (500 meters) must be completed in 10 minutes or less.


  • After hire:
    • Lifeguards are required to complete 40 hours of supervised USLA approved open water lifesaving training and preventive lifeguard skills.
    • Lifeguards are required to complete a 40 hour First Responder's course
    • Lifeguards are required to complete CPR training.


  • Daily:
    • Group training from 9:00 - 9:30 am
    • Individual training of between 30-45 minutes including skills for swimming, running, paddle boarding, surf skiing, and weight training.
    • First Aid training

We strongly encourage all full time lifeguards to obtain an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.