Marine Safety Division


Lifeguard HeadquartersMarine Safety Jet Ski
#1 Municipal Wharf

Lifeguard service is provided during Spring weekends, daily in Summer months and Fall weekends.  Service hours are usually from 10:00 - 7:00, but may vary depending on the weather conditions.  Service area is from Cowell’s Beach to the San Lorenzo River.

Fires are not allowed on any City Beaches, which include Cowells Beach, Main Beach & beaches along Westcliff Drive.  See where you can have beach fires and BBQ's.

Ocean Safety

Current Water Quality

Job Application
Release of Liability

Marine Rescue Unit Member recruitment is open
Physical agility test is March 28th at 0900
Dates for the training as April 13-17, 0800-1700 

Beach Lifeguard I tryout dates are March 7 & 14, 0900 at Lifeguard Headquarters

2015 Intent to Return Documents
Letter of Introduction
Intent to Return Checklist
2015 Training Calendar
Capitola Lifeguards Intent to Return 

Beach Lifeguard I (open) $13.3686 - $16.2483/hour  *Job Announcement*
Under close supervision, works with other lifeguards and staff to provide ocean safety and emergency medical assistance to the public (Jr. Lifeguard Instructors must first apply as a Beach Lifeguard I).

Beach Lifeguard II & JG Lifeguard II  (open) $14.9891 - $18.2215/hour 
Under supervision, acts as a lead position for other seasonal lifeguards and assists with supervising, coaching and training of Beach Lifeguard I employees. Assignments may include dispatch, vehicle and break shifts. The incumbent is required to possess an EMT/AED certification and will respond to medical emergencies in the beach area.

Beach Lifeguard Lieutenant & JG Lieutenant  (open) $15.6386 - $19.0094/hour 
Under general supervision, assists in supervising, planning, organizing and coordinating the daily activities and operation of the Marine Safety Division.

Marine Rescue Unit Member (open) $50/24-hour shift (Hourly wage for training and emergency response: $12.59 - $15.31)
This unit provides 24-hour response to ocean related emergencies and rescues throughout the year. Employees are required to live within a 10-minute response time to the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and have a strong aquatic background. Prior ocean lifeguarding experience is highly desirable. Applications are accepted year round. Testing is held and positions are filled as needed.


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