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We are hiring!

Lifeguards | Swim Instructors | Camp Counselors |
Head Lifeguards | Pool Attendants

Certification Policy 

CLSA offers free training sessions for all potential lifeguards. Because CLSA supplies all of the training and staff for these academies, CLSA implements the following protocols for each staff’s certifications. 

  • Staff can purchase all certifications outright for $300 and receive certifications right after successfully passing training and receiving of payment. 

  • If staff work over 300 hours in one year, and are in good standing with CLSA, CLSA will release the staff’s certifications to them for free. 

  • If staff worked under 300 hours within one year and is in good standing with CLSA, they can purchase the certifications at a prorated amount based on hours worked. 

  • If Lifeguards need recertification, the cost is $150, CLSA pays for this if you have worked for CLSA for over one full year and are in good standing with CLSA. We release these to you after 150 worked each summer or prorated.  

  • We will NOT be releasing certifications to staff that do not leave in good faith, do not show they have the necessary skills to perform up to our standards, or did not follow procedures and protocols of CLSA during work. 

I understand the CLSA certification policy and know that I will only receive it at no cost if I meet the standards listed above. I know that I must pay for it if I do not meet these standards. I also understand that CLSA is not required to release it to me if I cannot complete the standards given forth by Red Cross at any point in time.

2023 Lifeguard training dates 

coming soon!


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More information 

We are hiring lifeguards, swim instructors, lifeguard managers, private lifeguards, and swim camp counselors in Ventura, Los Angeles and Long Beach! Each summer, we hire over 50 positions for Cooksey's Lifeguard and Swim Academy. There is no experience necessary to become a lifeguard for us. To get a job as a lifeguard this summer in Ventura, Los Angeles or Long Beach all you need to do is sign up for one of our lifeguard training sessions below. If you already have your certifications all you have to do is come by one one of the last days of the academy to do a lifeguard test. 


Please check out the below information on being hired as a lifeguard. If you have any questions about how to become a lifeguard and get a job as a lifeguard or a job as a swim instructor this summer please call us at (731) 617-9461 or email us at You will love working as a lifeguard for us! We teach you everything you need to know to pass Red Cross tests and receive your lifeguard certifications. 

Want to get your lifeguard certifications but not work for our company? You can. You can take a lifeguard academy and pay for it full out, and receive your certifications the day after you successfully pass. 

If you would like to have the best job this summer you need to sign up now for one of our lifeguard training academies. We are now hiring over 50 lifeguards, swim instructors, and camp counselors this summer. In order to lifeguard with Cooksey's Lifeguard and Swim this summer, all you need to do is come to one of the training sessions above. Our instructors will help all applicants out as much as possible so that they can pass all of their lifeguard tests in order to get a job with us as a lifeguard. Being a lifeguard is a great first job. It is a great summer job for young people, kids in school, or college students during the summer. We have lifeguard job openings in all of Los Angeles as well as in Long Beach. If you are a high school student looking for a summer job becoming a lifeguard will be great for you. You do not have to be an amazing swimmer to obtain a lifeguard job this summer with us, you just need to be able to do 12 consecutive laps without stopping, and be able to tread water for one minute. If you need some practice, do not worry. During your lifeguard training for your lifeguard certifications our instructors will got he extra mile to help you out so that you will be able to work with us as a lifeguard this summer. If you are a high school or college student becoming a lifeguard and becoming lifeguard certified is a perfect summer job for you. Why? Because you only have to commit for the summer! Once high school or college starts again you can easily switch to weekends, or just not work at all until the beginning of the next summer. We understand that high school and college is very important. So we work with you so that you can go straight back to school after summer when your lifeguard job is coming to an end. In order to get a job as a lifeguard this summer just apply to our academy through the purchase training now button above. You pay for the Red Cross lifeguard certifications and we pay for the lifeguard training. Becoming a lifeguard this summer is simple. If you are in Los Angeles or Long Beach we have multiple lifeguard positions open for you to apply for today. 

Follow These Steps to sign up for our lifeguard academy today

Step 1

Fill out the form below & choose a date for academy (put date in "academy"). You can secure your spot in the academy of your choice through payment.

Step 2

Show up to academy with swim suit, towel, change of clothes, pen, paper, and sunscreen. You must do all days of academy fully and pass all tests in order to apply for a position. 

Step 3

Once academy is completed successfully, attend your interview. If you pass your interview, you must fill out all paperwork to gain employement. 

We Are Hiring!

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We do not only have lifeguard positions open at Cooksey's. We also hire managers, swim instructors, summer camp coaches, swim team coaches, aerobics instructors, etc. We start most off as a lifeguard to test the waters, but when you commit to working with us, better opportunities arise!  

Cooksey Perks! 

When you work for Cooksey's Lifeguard, you get to work at the most high-end places in Los Angeles. Country clubs, luxury hotels, fitness clubs, and amazing private homes is where you will spend your summer days! 

We have monthly staff appreciation days, whether BBQing at a park, grabbing pizza together, or having a beach day, we like to keep our people happy. Our staff keeps our business thriving, and we are very thankful! 

You build your own schedule at Cooksey's. Yes, we need lifeguards on weekends and holidays, but other than that you create your own schedule. If you have another job, school, or other obligations, we work around it as long as it is in your availability. 

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What You Need to Bring to Lifeguard Training:

Swimsuit (one piece for women)

Notepad and pen 

Water and a sack lunch 

Change of warm clothes 




**You must arrive 15 min. prior to ensure you are ready at start

Frequently asked questions

What is the cost of our Lifeguard Training and Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications? 

We are committed to hiring the best staff to keep our pools safe. So, if you are planning on working with us, we pay for your Red Cross certifications for you. If you are planning on getting your certifications and taking them elsewhere, it is $350 for the entire certification bundle. 

Do I get my lifeguard certifications right away?

If you pay for the lifeguard certifications straight up, you can get them delivered to your email as soon as you successfully pass the lifeguard training. If you are not planning on paying for them, we hold your certifications until you work 300 hours AND are in good standing with our company. This means that you were a responsible, punctual lifeguard. It also means that you gave us your two weeks notice before you left. 


If I don't work the full 300 hours as a lifeguard, can I still get my Red Cross certifications?

No, we will prorate the price for you. For example, if you work 150 hours, we will half the amount of the training cost, so you will pay $175 for your certifications, and so forth. 


What does the lifeguard training include?

The only thing you need to know going into the lifeguard training is how to swim, we will teach you the rest. The lifeguard training includes practical CPR/AED training, First Aid training, as well as in and out of the water saves. The lifeguard tests include a 300 yard swim non-stop, CPR practical, in-water saves, and Red Cross tests that include lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid multiple choice tests. You must pass the written tests with at least an 80%. 

Will I pass the lifeguard training?

We do everything in our power to help every person receive their lifeguard certifications, but you have to put the work in, too. This includes listening during the lifeguard training, watching all of the Red Cross videos on CPR, AED, First Aid, and Lifeguard, as well as practicing during your free time. If you cannot pass all of the tests successfully, we will not be able to give you your certifications. 

Do I get hired automatically if I pass the lifeguard training?

We treat the entire lifeguard training as an interview. We are paying attention to whether or not you arrive on time, are ready to put in the work, and have the type of personality that we are looking for in a good lifeguard. Passing the lifeguard training does not automatically get you a job with us, but it does give you a big leg up! 

What would it mean to me to become a lifeguard this summer?

Working as a lifeguard is one of the best jobs you could get as a young adult. Becoming a lifeguard is more than just a minimum wage job at a grocery store. Working as a lifeguard means showing up to a very important job every day. Kids cannot swim safely without you there lifeguarding them, and parents cannot breathe easy without you. Being a lifeguard is a very important job. Once you become a lifeguard it is your job to control the pool, it is your job as a lifeguard to make sure that everyone is safe while you are on duty. Being a lifeguard is a very important job for so many reasons. Getting a job as a lifeguard demands intelligence. Getting a job as a lifeguard demands physical work. Getting a job as a lifeguard means you need to learn a lot about CPR, first aid, and responding to emergencies. If you would like to get a lifeguard job this summer then you are in the right place. Our lifeguard instructors will help you out as much as possible during your lifeguard training so that you can get all the tools you need to pass. Once you pass all of your lifeguard training tests successfully you are able to receive a lifeguard job with Cooksey's Lifeguard and Swim. Becoming a lifeguard this summer will be a great asset to the rest of your life, and an amazing start to your summer. 


Where are we hiring lifeguards?

Cooksey's Lifeguard and Swim Academy has open jobs throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. You can obtain a lifeguard job at multiple clubs in Los Angeles. Places we serve in Los Angeles include Beverly Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Encino, Reseda, Los Angeles, Westlake, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, and pretty much anywhere in Los Angeles that you can think of! We also are in Long Beach. So if you are looking for a lifeguard job in Long Beach we can definitely help you out with that, too!

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