The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is training and hiring men and women to supervise 53 pools and seven beaches during the summer months. In the past, the Parks Department has had to close areas of the beach due to a lifeguard shortage. This year, the Parks Department has expanded its efforts to hire lifeguards. Free lifeguard training for Rockaway residents is available at Far Rockaway High School. The training program will run through July, or until the Parks Department has sufficient personnel to staff the swimming facilities.
In addition to learning basic lifeguard skills, lifeguards learn how to work as part of a team in a variety of high-pressure situations. These lifetime skills are invaluable and transferable to any profession lifeguards may seek in the future. Not only will participants get in shape, but employment is guaranteed for all those who pass the test.
The minimum qualifications are that participants must be 16 years of age by the completion of the course and have eyesight no worse than 30/20 in one eye and 40/20 in the other.
Contact the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for more information and applications.