Checkout swims will be done by the Lifeguards on 7/13, 7/20, and 7/21 from 9AM to 11AM. I am planning on doing the 9 AM on 7/21. Join me if you want. You should have already signed up for the swim. I will meet at Hermosa Pier at 8:30. Afterwards, we can maybe do a short practice swim, so come out for that even if you don't want to do the checkout.
The key things that they are looking for in this is not really how fast you are, although if you take so long they do not feel you can get finish the pier to pier within the time limit you may not pass. I think if you do the 500 meter swim in 20 minutes or better you will be good. That shouldn't be hard to make. They are also looking for your confidence level. They do not like it when people have to stop and backstroke or side stroke. I don't necessarily agree with this, but it is not my show. You will be best off if you can get in and swim it straight through, as smoothly as possible (note: not necessarily fast, don't get yourself out of breath). I recommend doing a little warm up before-hand.