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Prior to summer the California State Parks have tryouts for State Parks lifeguards. They hold the tryouts up and down the
coast. This gives potential lifeguards
an opportunity to see if they are physically fit for the job.
After that strenuous test there is a qualification appraisal interview. And then the applicant needs to complete the California State Park Lifeguard Training Program. (8 days/80+ hours) Includes department certification in CPR & AED, Public Safety First Aid, and open water search & rescue and other aquatic lifesaving techniques.
It was a challenge for the lifeguards to get their jet skies and their rescue paddleboards into the water - which took a number of attempts. I would guess about a dozen lifeguards went out on paddleboards and another dozen guards stayed in shallow water to help with any struggling swimmers. Other California State Parks lifeguards were available on shore for any problems.
I took about a hundred photographs that day, documenting the tryouts. This particular lifeguard caught my interest to paint. The painting is approximately 8 1/2 feet by 4 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.