The Los Santos County Lifeguards is a division of the Los Santos Fire Department and is responsible for providing lifeguard services for public beaches and coastal areas of San Andreas. The Lifeguard operations safeguard all of the beaches in San Andreas with the main area of Operation being Vespucci, Del Perro. Lifeguards focus not only on ocean search and rescues but also paramedic response, marine firefighting, marine wildlife rescue, and fire boat services to the state.

The Los Santos County Lifeguards currently hold to the following ranking structure(from highest to lowest):

Becoming a Lifeguard

Lifeguards have to go through rigorous training prior to becoming a full Lifeguard, yet before they go through their probationary period all applicants must take part in our application process and academy. This consists of medical examinations, interview, general fitness checks within our tryouts, criminal background checks and also tested on our course material. From the stage of applying all the way to the Lifeguard certification, you will be trained and tested to ensure you have what it takes to join the team.

  • Stage One: Anyone interested in becoming a Lifeguard with the Los Santos County Fire Department is encouraged to fill out our application;
  • Stage Two: After passing the background check, each candidate is scheduled for a detailed physical examination at a medical office. Physicals include vision, hearing, strength, flexibility and fitness testing. ((Please note: This phase is done passively but you are welcome to schedule an appointment IC if you'd like.));
  • Stage Three: Tryouts. This is where you will be tested in terms of fitness to ensure you have what it takes to become a Lifeguard and also questioned on the course material you are given access to. The tryouts consist of:
    • Pool Exercises: Swim underwater from one side of the pool to the other side and then back again all underwater. (Can rise for Oxgen once hands touch the far wwall before returning);
    • Weighted swim - This involves holding a brick whilst you swim two lengths of the pool;
    • 500m Beach run;
    • Quiz on Lifeguard protocols including flags, zones and vehicles:
    • Pressups/Crunches;
    • 500m Ocean Swim;
  • Stage Four: Graduate the Lifeguard Academy. After tryouts, you will complete the medical training to get your EMT-B Certification and learn how to do water rescues. Both courses are vital to passing the Academy. Once these have been completed you will get inducted and sworn in as an Ocean Lifeguard Candidate. Here you will need to complete basic certifications and be on probation for a 30 day period.

Lifeguards recommend a minimum of six months of training time prior to applying and going through our tryouts. The best way to prepare for the 500-meter ocean swim and the pool exam is to train with a masters, school or club swim team. At the very least, swimming three to five days a week is advised. Tryouts are very competitive, so try to be in the best swimming shape possible. Ocean swimming can be very different from pool swimming, so practising in the ocean is also a must. When you train in the ocean, remember to ask a lifeguard about the ocean conditions and any possible hazards.

((These lengths of time are for portrayal purposes only. Applicants are encouraged to roleplay around some type of training/readiness during their processing phases and interview.))

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