2005-01-21 / Community

Lifeguard Training Set For 2005 Beach Season

As unimaginable as it may seem, says a city Parks Department press release, summer is only a handful of months away, and in recognition of the impending thaw, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is stepping up its efforts to recruit qualified swimmers to become New York City Lifeguards at one of the City’s 7 beaches or 53 outdoor pools this summer.

Training courses will run through June, as the City plans to recruit and train 1,100 lifeguards in time for the summer season.

This year, Far Rockaway High School will be one of the training and testing sites, the first time in a number of years that it has been utilized for this purpose.

“We rely upon the talent and commitment of New York City lifeguards to keep New York City pools and beaches safe,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

“We are looking for more New Yorkers to join the ranks of the lifeguards, the often unsung heroes who watch over New Yorkers as they seek respite from the heat in the cool waters of New York City.”

Initial lifeguard testing is taking place at the following sites:

Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the 59 Street Recreation Center, located at 533 West 59 Street in Manhattan.

January 20 and 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brooklyn’s Abraham Lincoln High School, located at Ocean Parkway and West Avenue.

January 18 and 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Far Rockaway High School, located at 821 Bay 25 Street.

January 19 and 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bronx’s Dewitt Clinton High School, located at Mosholu Parkway & Paul Avenue.

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.

This season, the beaches open for swimming on May 28 and the pools open on June 2—both will remain open through Labor Day.

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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