Become a Lifeguard


The Mesquite Parks and Recreation Department
will begin hiring lifeguards
for the 2021 Aquatics Season

Lifeguard Referral Program 
1 Referral: $50
2 Referrals: $75
3 or more Referrals: $100
*For qualifications and more details call: 972-216-6412

Want to become a Lifeguard?
Check out the information below to learn how
to become a member of our Aquatics Team!

More about the position
  • Pools open May 29, 2021 and close on Labor Day, September 6, 2021.
  • Starting pay is $9.34 per hour for a first year guard. *Pay increases with every year of experience, up to four years.
  • Promotional opportunities to Head Guard and Pool Supervisor available. 
  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Must have obtain appropriate Lifeguard Training Certification.
How do I become certified? 
Mesquite Parks and Recreation offers Lifeguard classes at Town East Pool for applicant 16 years and older. The fee will include: a pocket mask, a lifeguard book and certification in lifeguarding, first-aide, CPR and AED.
  • The fee is $115 (if applicant is hired with the City of Mesquite they will receive a $50 refund)
  • Classes are offered on: 
    • April 30 - May 2
    • May 14 - 16
(Please note classes are limited and only offered for potential City of Mesquite lifeguard staff; you must apply and interview before you will be allowed to register for this lifeguard class)

Several additional agencies offer certification as well, two local options are the American Red Cross and the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center

Enrollment into the Lifeguard course is strictly limited to those who can successfully complete the following prerequisite swimming skills:
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing (can use freestyle or breaststroke, no sidestroke or backstroke)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps
The Hiring Process
Apply online by filling out an application on the City of Mesquite employment page. Qualified applicants will be contacted to set up an in-person interview. Applicants who are offered a contingent offer of employment must pass a drug test, criminal history background check and social security number verification. For questions about summer aquatic positions please contact Phil Hill at 972-216-6412 or the Human Resources department at 972-216-6218.