2004-03-12 / Community

Summer Lifeguard Classes Offered

Summer Lifeguard Classes Offered

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith today encouraged those individuals interested in 2004 summer employment with the City of New York Parks & Recreation as lifeguards (NYCPR), to partake in the free lifeguard training course currently being offered as a prerequisite for employment.

According to Senator Smith, NYCPR is expanding its lifeguard recruitment efforts this year, so they will be able to open more areas of beach to the public. Last year’s effort proved to be quite successful, and they hope to improve further on that in their current recruitment campaign.

New York City residents can re ceive free training in Brook lyn, Man hattan, the Bronx and Queens.

Park lifeguards play a crucial role in the operation of 53 outdoor pools throughout New York City, and 14 miles of beach property situated along the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Island Sound. The minimum qualifications needed to participate in the free training course require that individuals be at least 16 years of age, have eyesight no worse that 20/30 in one eye and 20/40 in the other, and are able to swim 50 yards in 35 seconds.

Park beaches are open from Mem orial Day Weekend through Labor Day, and the pools are open from June 26 through Labor Day. Life guards work 48 hours each week and first year lifeguards earn a minimum of $10.08 an hour.

The training program will run through July, or until NYCPR have sufficient personnel to staff their swim ming facilities.

For more information, please call 311 or 212-New-York and ask about Lifeguard Recruit ment.

Interested in dividuals may also obtain further in formation and the free lifeguard training course by contacting Senator Smith’s District Office at 718-528-4290.

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