Lifeguard Aquatics Test


Aquatics Swim Test Dates: 

Saturday, April 4, 2015
9:00 am
Saturday, May 2, 2015
9:00 am

North Allegheny Senior High School
10375 Perry Highway
Wexford, PA  15090

Call (412) 350-2478
for information about testing

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What is the Aquatics Test?

  • The Aquatics Test consists of seven timed water tests.
  • The test is divided into stations; you may start at any station.
  • There is a minimum time in each test to pass.
  • You must be age 16 and over.
  • You may retake any test that you feel you could do better at, but only on the day of the test.

You MUST bring the following items to the test with you or the test will not be administered.  Forms are found on Lifeguard Employment Forms

  1. Completed Doctor's Certification Form
  2. Completed County Seasonal Employment Application Form (both pages)
  3. Completed Voluntary EEO Form (for age requirement verification)
  4. Bathing suit and towel

The 7 Aquatics Tests

Print Version

No goggles will be permitted during the tests except for the 500-yds. free style. If you wear contacts, please bring a case. 

Test One
50-yds. free style (Passing Time: 33.5)  

Test Two
500-yds. free style (10:00)  

Test Three
25 yds. underwater swim using either a breaststroke or flutter kick (legs only). You may take only one pull with your arms. This may be taken at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end. (Pass/Fail)  

Test Four
Recovery of a 10-lb. object in 12-ft. of water, with a 30-ft. approach. The candidate will start in the water and, on a signal from the tester, will swim out and dive down to the 10-lb. object. With both hands on the object, the candidate will push off the bottom. The timer will stop when the object breaks the surface of the water. (10.5)  

Test Five
2-minute water tread with a 10-lb. object. Both hands must remain on the object at all times. (Pass/Fail)  

Test Six
The candidate starts in the water and the 10-lb. object starts on the wall.
Tow a 10-lb. object 50 yds. with an inverted breaststroke kick or a flutter kick. The candidate swims on their back with both hands on the 10-lb. object. (1:20)  

Test Seven
The candidate starts in the water and the 10-lb. object starts on the wall.
Tow a 10-lb. object 50-yds. sidestroke. The candidate places the 10-lb. object on a hip to swim; you may use your free arm to pull. (1:10) 

All test results are confidential. 


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North Park Pool
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724-935-1951, 3410