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Lifeguard hopefuls hit the sand and surf in Newport Beach

It’s a job interview like no other – brave body-numbing ocean water and sprint in the sea, then race across the sand with hopes that you’re faster than the competition.

Lifeguard tryouts, a time-honored tradition for hopefuls looking for a summer seasonal job, were held in Newport Beach on Sunday, Feb. 7. They were the first of several tests happening along the area’s coastline in coming weeks.

It was a different test than previous years, with a timed start that staggered racers so they could space out, an adjustment as coronavirus concerns continue.



Lifeguard agencies across the 42 miles of coastline are expecting a healthy turnout from job hopefuls, fueled by a limited number of job options and a desire to work outdoors.

Huntington City Beach tryouts are coming up on Feb. 13, followed by Huntington State Beach’s tryouts Feb. 20.

San Clemente City Beach tryouts will be Feb. 21, while San Clemente State Beach are a week later on Feb. 27. Crystal Cove and Leo Carrillo on Feb. 28. Further out, Laguna City Beach will be March 20, while OC Parks will hold tryouts at Aliso Beach on March 27 and April 3. Seal Beach’s tryouts will be April 11.

Source: Orange County Register

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