The application process varies from place to place, but according to a former lifeguard in the City of San Diego ( ), you have to complete a 500 meter swim within 10 minutes, complete a weeklong lifesaving training course that takes place both in the classroom and at the beach, and then pass an ocean qualifying test that involves a timed two-mile beach run/swim.
If you can mentally deal with having all the free time in the world while knowing that come evening it all comes to a crashing halt because you have to start slinging food to people who are free for the night while you aren’t, well, waiting on tables is about as good as it gets for a surfer in the summer.
Ace says, “…The valet parking job was such a money-maker that they [valets] had to pay off the hotel manager just to get the concession. ” Ace is right about the job being a moneymaker but you won’t have to pay anyone off to get it. All you’ll need is a clean driving record and know how to drive stick.
If you’re thrifty, you might even be able to stack enough cash with these jobs for a surf trip once the leaves begin to fall and the tourists have gone home.
You’ll drive exotic cars, always have a wad of cash in your pocket and all the time in the world to surf your arms to noodles.
Most restaurants that have valet service are either on the beach or very near it, so you’ll always have a free beachfront parking spot waiting for you with no hassle during the crowded summertime tourist season.
If you manage to ace that, seasonal guards make $16 to $21 per hour to look after beachgoers (and surf their brains out), with the potential to make much more (while still surfing their brains out) if they get selected for permanent status and rise through the ranks.
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