2005-10-21 / Front Page

Lifeguard Development Program Begins November 5 At FRHS

In an attempt to ensure an adequate number of lifeguards in Rockaway for the next summer season, a consortium of groups, including Region Five of the Department of Education, the Department of Parks and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr., a new Lifeguard Development Program will begin in November, according to Hank Iori, the Director of Technology for Region Five.

“This program is designed to meet the need for more lifeguards in our city during the summer of 2006,” Iori, a Rockaway resident said in a prepared release. “It is hoped that a strong collaborative proactive effort between the Department of Education and the Department of Parks and Recreation, many young adults will benefit and our pools and beaches will be fully staffed for the summer.”

To qualify for the program, candidates must be at least 16-years-of-age by March 31, 2006; must have a minimum of 20/30 vision in one eye and 20/40 in the other without corrective lenses; must be in good academic standing and must maintain grades while in training; must sign up for swim testing at one of the training sites and are required to submit a signed parent approval form.

The local training sites are Far Rockaway High School, John Adams High School, Richmond Hill High School and Franklin K. Lane High School.

In addition, candidates for the development program must be able to swim 50 yards in 45 seconds or less. Students accepted to the training program must swim a minimum of two hours during the week and three hours on the weekends.

Candidates may apply for the development program by sending an Email to Elena Sokolvoski (Esokol ovski@nycboe.net). Applicants will receive an Email response with a testing time within 48 hours, according to Iori.

The Email should include first and last names, age, date of birth, school that you are attending, grade, Email address, home phone number, home address and testing site of choice. During their first year of employment, lifeguards are paid $10.71 an hour.

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