2004-03-05 / Community

City Steps Up Lifeguard Recruiting Drive

City Steps Up Lifeguard Recruiting Drive

Now that the city is beginning to thaw, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has stepped up its efforts to recruit qualified swim mers to become New York City Life guards at one of the city’s 7 beach es or 53 outdoor pools this summer. Train ing courses will run through June, as the City plans to recruit and train over 1,100 life guards in time for the summer season.

"We need responsible, motivated, dedicated individuals to help safe guard the 11 million swimmers that take a dip in the Big Apple every
summer," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "Being part of the New York City Lifeguard Corps is a fun and rewarding summer job that really makes a difference. You will be working alongside a team of some of the best and most respected lifeguards in the world, and you’ll also learn valuable skills that will help you in any career."

Parks & Recreation is currently offering a free qualifying exam for in terested lifeguard candidates. Exams are held Monday through Friday
from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the 59 Street Recreation Center, located at 533 West 59 Street in Manhattan.

Candidates who pass the exam will be able to participate in a free lifeguard training course. Recruits who successfully complete the course are guaranteed a job and will also be paid for the time spent in training.

Parks & Recreation manages 53 outdoor pools in all five boroughs and 14 miles of beach. Beaches are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and pools are open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. Last year, Parks & Rec reation recruited and trained close to 1,000 lifeguards. This season, the beach es open for swimming on Sat urday, May 29 and the pools open on Saturday, June 26, 2004 through Labor Day.

New York City beaches include Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, Rockaway Beach in Queens, and South Beach, Midland Beach and Wolfe’s Pond on Staten Island. For more information about the becoming a lifeguard, or about the city’s beaches and pools, visit www.nyc.gov/parks or call 311.

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