2022 Rookie Test

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 – The tryouts are still on.  We ask that all applicants wear a mask and practice social distancing.  The try-out will be conducted differently as we have done in the past.  It will consist primarily of the same phases but with separation among applicants in a timed format.  Test is subject to change.

All interested candidates should contact Chief Back prior to try-outs at hback@capemaycity.com.

Time: 8:30 AM
Location: Lifeguard Headquarters, Beach and Grant Street

Minimum age of candidate is 16 years old.

The test is broken up into 6 phases:

  • Phase 1 – 100 yd pool swim in under 1:25 (must pass to continue)
  • Phase 2 – 500 yd ocean swim, scored by place of finish
  • Phase 3 – 150 yd can run into ocean, scored by time
  • Phase 4 – Surf dash, scored by time
  • Phase 5 – Run, Surf dash, Run (1/2 mile) scored by finish
  • Phase 6 – Interview with Chief, Captain, and Lieutenants

Successful candidates will be invited to the CMBP rookie school, which typically begins the second Monday following the test.  Rookie school consists of a week long training program in ocean lifeguarding, CPR and first aid.  Those who succeed in completing rookie school will be offered a position as a lifeguard for the City of Cape May.  Rookie guards will be assigned a beach with a Senior Lifeguard who will continue their training program throughout the summer.

New Applicant – Mandatory Release Form