Lifeguarding tests are now offered online for applicants seeking positions at Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs facilities.

The test is for first-year applicants as part of the job application. Candidates who have already worked at a state park or reservoir facility need not take the test again.

A link to the test and information for both first-year and returning candidates on how to apply is available at

The swim season generally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hiring will begin immediately and last until all positions are filled.

The test is 50 questions. Half of the test is about CPR and first aid, and half is about lifeguard training knowledge. The applicant must score at least 70 percent.

Applicants must already be certified in lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer before taking the test. If an applicant is in a certification class but has yet to finish, he or she may take the test but must complete certification before being hired.

The test serves as a hiring tool and is not a recertification of any type. Guards must recertify on their own through their local Red Cross and YMCAs prior to the swim season.

Lifeguard positions are available at Brown County, Clifty Falls, Versailles, Spring Mill, Harmonie, O'Bannon Woods, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Mounds, Indiana Dunes, Shakamak and Prophetstown state parks.