2002-03-02 / Community

Lifeguard Training For 2002

Lifeguard Training For 2002

The Parks Department kicks off an aggressive lifeguard recruitment program this month, with the goal of hiring over 1,000 lifeguards. Parks will offer free Lifeguard Training courses for those interested in safeguarding swimmers this summer at the city's seven beaches and fifty-three outdoor pools. For the first time, the course is being offered at five convenient locations: Manhattan's West 59 Street Recreation Center, Brooklyn's Metropolitan Pool, the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens in Astoria, Far Rockaway High School and the Broadway YMCA in Staten Island. Training at the Far Rockaway High site will be held every Monday night at 6 p.m. 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 & Recreation 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 $10.08 per hour. First year lifeguards are also compensated for training time after their successful completion of the summer season.

Beach assignments are available in the Bronx's Orchard Beach, Brooklyn's Coney Island and Manhattan Beaches, Queens' Rockaway Beach, and Staten Island's South Beach, Midland, and Wolfe's Pond. Positions at outdoor pools are available throughout the five boroughs.

The city's fourteen miles of beach will open May 25 and the fifty-three outdoor pools on June 29. The outdoor swimming season runs until September 2. Prospective applicants should call (212) 830-7880 as soon as possible.


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