California State Parks Rescue Lifeguard
Lifeguard Tryout qualifications
I photographed this woman lifeguard at the tryouts that were held at the Sycamore Canyon StateBeach just outside of
At this particular tryout the surf was so big they cancelled the actual tryout but allowed people to practice the course and the high surf. The surf was running about six feet, heavy winds and a strong rip tide. This was a dangerous swim and the State gave warning, suggesting that you better be a strong swimmer to attempt the 1000 yard swim. The regular state lifeguards put the swimmers into the water a couple of hundred yards up the beach, allowing for the drift of the current and the riptides.