2006-04-07 / Community

Time Running Out To Become Lifeguard

Time is running out to sign up to be a New York City lifeguard this summer. This season's lifeguard recruitment campaign will end soon and now is your last chance to apply for a great summer job. Parks & Recreation is looking for 1,200 lifeguards to fully staff its 51 outdoor pools and 14 miles of beaches this summer.

Exams to apply for the program are being held at the 59 Street Recreation Center, at 533 West 59th Street in Manhattan, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

"Serving as a summer lifeguard is an exciting summer job with a great salary that offers the opportunity to help keep people safe," said Commissioner Benepe. "I encourage all interested New Yorkers to take advantage of the last few weeks of lifeguard recruitment."

To pass the lifeguard qualifying exam and enter the Municipal Lifeguard Training Program, you must be 16 years of age by the start of employment, have at least 20/30 vision in one eye and 20/40 in the other, and be able to swim 50 yards in 35 seconds.

Candidates who pass the exam will participate in a free, 40-hour training course. If you successfully complete the course, you are guaranteed a job and will be paid for time spent in training once you begin work as a NYC lifeguard. Lifeguard trainees learn CPR, freestyle, sidestroke, inverted scissor kicks, underwater approach, the cross-chest carry, and other life-saving methods.

Once the training is over, in order to become a lifeguard, you will need to pass a written exam and a swimming test in which you must swim 440 yards in either 6 minutes and 40 seconds for beach lifeguards or 7 minutes and 40 seconds for pool lifeguards. The salary for first-year lifeguards is $10.71 per hour. Lifeguards are expected to work six days a week, including weekends and holidays. The second-year salary is $12.24 an hour; the third-year salary is $13.86.

Since mid-March, Parks Department has set up six lifeguard chairs covered in banners in parks across the City to promote this season's lifeguard recruitment effort. Lifeguard chairs were placed at Hoffman Park in Queens, Columbus Park in Brooklyn, and in Union Square Park, Foley Square Park and Central Park in Manhattan.

For more information, please visit our website at www.nyc.gov/parks or call 311.

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