Lifeguard Program

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Have fun, stay fit and save lives by joining the City of Tempe's lifeguard certification program. 

Now Hiring Lifeguards, Water Fitness Instructors, and Swim Lesson Instructors

Become a lifeguard

Step 1: Turn in an application

Click here to download PDF application

Applications will be accepted with and without certifications.

Kiwanis Recreation Center (6111 S. All America Way, Tempe, AZ 85283) or


Step 2: Get invited to a skills test. (A manager will call to schedule an interview All applicants must be able to swim, tread water and submerge up to 12 ft.  

Certified applicants must be prepared to demonstrate Lifeguarding and CPR skills at the skills test. 

Step 3: A manager will schedule the applicant to take the Ellis and Associated Lifeguard Certification Course

Class dates will be provided upon completing the skills test

Certification fee: $60

Step 4: After passing all 3 steps, get invited to join the City of Tempe Aquatics Lifeguarding Team!

For more information, please contact Kay Horner, Aquatics Coordinator at 480.350.5770 or email 

Junior Guard Program 2019

Thank you for your interest in the Junior Guard Program. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 summer season. We hope to see you in 2020.

Junior Guard FAQ

Program Requirements

For more information, please contact Clarissa Knorr, Junior Lifeguard Coordinator at 480.350.5731 or email at

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