2000-01-22 / Front Page

Lifeguard Training Starts Now

New York City Department of Parks is continuing an aggressive recruitment campaign this year and is prepared to hire even more lifeguards than ever in 2000. Starting this week, the Parks Department will be offering free lifeguard training courses for those interested in safeguarding swimmers this summer at the city's seven beaches and 53 outdoor pools. The Parks Department is offering the course at three convenient locations: Far Rockaway High School, Manhattan's West 59 Street Recreation Center, and Brooklyn's Metropolitan Pool. For the first time the Parks Department has reserved a pool at Far Rockaway High School to give residents an opportunity to take the course. In addition, prospective lifeguards can use the city's indoor pools at no cost to get in shape for the qualifying test.

In order to qualify for the training course you must:

-Be able to swim 50 yards in 35 seconds or less;

-Have unaided vision no worse than 20/40 in one eye and 20/30 in the other;

-Be at least 16 years or older upon completion of the course.

Successful completion of the 40-hour training course is the next step towards a position as a Parks Department lifeguard. After the course, candidates must also pass a final exam and clear a background check, at which point they will be guaranteed jobs that pay at least $9.32 per hour. Beach assignments are available in Rockaway, Coney Island, Orchard Beach, Staten Island's South Beach, Midland and Wolfe's pond, and Manhattan beaches. Positions at outdoor pools are available throughout the five boroughs.

The city's 14-miles of beach will open on May 27 and the 53 outdoor pools on June 29. The outdoor swimming season runs until September 4.

Prospective applicants should call 212-830-7880.

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