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California Gold       October 25, 2022

Upcoming Events: Projects

                    Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard Testing and Academy  2022/2023

The City of Laguna Beach Marine Safety Department is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2022/2023 Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard Testing and Academies. 

Tryouts will be conducted at the Main Beach Lifeguard Tower on:

  • Saturday, November 26th, 2022. All applications must MUST be submitted by Thursday, November 24th at 5:00 PM (PST)

  • Saturday, December 10th, 2022. All applications must MUST be submitted by Thursday, December 8th, at 5:00 PM (PST)

  • Saturday, January 21st, 2023. All applications must MUST be submitted by Thursday, January 19th, at 5:00 PM (PST)

  • Saturday, February 4th, 2023. All applications must MUST be submitted by Thursday, February 2nd, at 5:00 PM (PST)

The physical events portion will begin at 9:00 AM. (Sign-in starts at 7:30 AM).

**Candidates who cannot attend the dates listed above may request an individual swim test. Requests MUST be made at least 5 days in advance and a completed job application and physical testing waiver must be submitted prior to testing. Individual swim tests are available Friday through Sunday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

All requests for individual swim tests must be emailed to Please contact Marine Safety Officer Tom Cantrell at with questions.

 Laguna Beach Ocean Lifeguards competed in, and won, the California Gold race  in Newport Beach; defeating San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Santa Cruz City, and Monmouth County, New Jersey Lifeguards.


The California Gold is held in memory of Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguard, Ben Carlson, who passed away on July 6th, 2014, while saving the life of another. The event raised over $9,000 for the Ben Carlson Foundation.


The California Gold consists of 28 miles of coastline racing with four ocean sport disciplines. These disciplines include two miles of swimming, eight miles of running, 12 miles of surf sking, and six miles of paddling. Team Laguna Beach Lifeguards competed in the relay, with swimmer Hayden Hundeby, runner Anders Hundeby, surf skier Patrick Hemmens, and paddler Porter Hogan.


By winning the event, the Laguna Beach Ocean Lifeguard Foundation received $1,000 to assist low-income families with enrolling into the Laguna Beach Junior Lifeguard program. 


Laguna Aquathon 2021


John Cunningham Paddle Out

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