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Physical Agility Tests

California State Peace Officer Cadet (Ranger)
 and
California State Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard)

Being a State Park Peace Officer is a physically demanding profession. In accordance with Government Code 18930, all candidates will be required to successfully complete a physical agility test (PAT). The purpose of the PAT is to ensure that applicants who are eventually hired and assigned to a training academy will be able to meet the physical requirements of the job. Each of these physical tasks is designed to simulate physical tasks required at entry to the class of State Park Ranger or Lifeguard.

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requires that Cadets must complete a 36-session physical conditions program at the academy.  The conditioning program consists of aerobic, strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility conditioning. Cadets must pass the POST Physical Agility Test before academy graduation.

The Pre-Employment Physical Agility Test (PAT)
The Department's PAT is typically scheduled in both Northern and Southern California. All lifeguard applicants are scheduled to attend testing in Southern California. Test elements are listed below and also breifly depicted in a video.

         Preparing for the PAT
Your success in the pre-employment physical agility test is directly related to the amount of time you devote to physical conditioning in your daily life and prior to the test. Applicants who are physically active generally do not have any problems. However, sedentary individuals will experience difficulty. POST's tips on preparing for academy physical conditioning program will assist those preparing for the pre-employment PAT.

Test #1:  
The test consists of a step test of 310 steps on a 10 -inch high step with 2.5 pound weights attached to each ankle in ten minutes or less.
(This test simulates the foot patrol of a marsh for a distance of 1,250 yards).

Test #2:
From a table, pick up and carry two 45-pound weights, one in each hand, for a distance of 110 yards, reverse the course and carry the weights 110 yards, back to starting point; put one weight down and continue carrying one weight for 110 yards, around the cone and proceed back to the starting point, 110 yards, in six minutes or less. 
(This test simulates, with the assistance of one other person, carrying a 185-pound person on a stretcher for 220 yards, then with the assistance of three other persons carrying the stretcher for another 220 yards.)

Test #3:
Wearing full-length pants, shirt, shoes, and a peace officer protective equipment (P.O.P.E.) belt fully equipped, run 500 yards in 2 minutes and 20 seconds or less. 
(This test simulates an officer in full uniform chasing a suspect on foot.)

Test #4:
In no more than 17 seconds, lift and drag a 165-pound dummy for 32 feet over rough cement or asphalt. 
(This test simulates dragging an unconscious 165-pound person 32 feet to safety.)

Test #5:
Wearing full-length pants, shirt, and shoes, sprint 100 yards in no more than 19 seconds. 
(This test simulates sprinting in full uniform to safety.)

Test #6: 
Wearing full-length pants, shirt, shoes, and a 9-pound weight belt (provided at site), jump into the deep end of a swimming pool.  Remove weight belt and, if desired, shoes, pants, and shirt.  Tread water for 1 minute then swim 20 yards. 
(This test demonstrates the ability to survive an unexpected fall into the water.)

Test #7: 
In addition, applicants for Cadet (Lifeguard) must:
 A.  Swim (ocean) 1,000 yards
 B.  Run 200 yards – Swim 400 yards – Run 200 yards