Be an Austin Lifeguard!

Welcome to the Aquatic Division, part of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.  The Aquatic Division operates 45 public aquatic facilities, which includes 7 Regional pools, 3 Community pools, 22 Neighborhood pools, 1 Wading pool, Barton Springs Pool and 11 splash pads.  In addition to coordinating open water events and swim team competitions, we also offer instructional programs such as masters swimlifeguard and water safety training and youth and adult swim lessons.

How to become an Austin Lifeguard?

1. Apply Now!

The Aquatic Division's hiring process is simple. All applicants need to complete an online application through the City of Austin Jobs website. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older. Follow us on Facebook for the latest hiring day events.

  • Instructions for Applying Online(PDF)

2. Get Hired!

The Aquatic Division conducts trains and hires staff year-round. After submitting an online application, you should receive an email from the Aquatic Division within 48 business hours. This email will contain all additional paperwork and information necessary to get trained and get hired.  In order to register for a class, you must follow all directions in this email.  Should you have questions, you can call 512-974-9330 Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM or email us at

Applicants must follow these instructions: Notes to Applicants

3. Get Trained!

The Aquatic Division takes lifeguard training and certification seriously. Classes are offered for first-time lifeguards, returning lifeguards that need re-certification, and lifeguards that are interested in becoming an instructor.  Scholarships are available for training classes for those who qualify.  For more information, download our Aquatic Scholarship form here: English(PDF) | Spanish(PDF) or check out the Austin Parks and Recreation Youth Program Scholarships.

2020-2021 training classes will be posted here soon! Please check back for schedules.
  • Lifeguard Certification Schedule(PDF)
  • Lifeguard Renewal Classes(PDF)
  • Lifeguard Instructor Course Schedules
  • Water Safety Instructor Course Schedules

4. Get Working!

Once you have completed steps 1-3, you're almost ready to start saving lives.  You will be contacted to sign up for scheduling and to attend your first inservice training, so find out what pool is closest to you!

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