2006-11-03 / Front Page

Lifeguard Training Starts This Weekend

By Brian Magoolaghan

A free lifeguard training program is set to begin Saturday, November 4, and organizers are urging qualified candidates to get involved and prepare for one of the best summer jobs around.

The Department of Education-sponsored program allows lifeguard hopefuls to train in pools at Far Rockaway High School and at John Adams High School in Ozone Park for months leading up to the city tryouts.

Applicants who meet the requirements will swim for two hours on one day a week after school and for three hours on Saturday or Sunday. The prep course runs through May 2007.

"We'd like to see as many kids that are interested come out," said Hank Iori, one of the program's organizers.

The Department of Parks and Recreation starts its own lifeguard recruitment and training program each year, usually in March.

First-year New York City lifeguards earn at least $11.72 an hour and work 48 hours a week.

To qualify you must be at least 16 years old by May 25, 2007; have a minimum 20/30 vision in one eye and at least 20/40 in the other eye; must be in good academic standing and maintain good grades while in training; and must submit an approval form signed by a parent or guardian. Applicants must be able to swim 50 yards in 45 seconds or less (the Department of Parks and Recreation will later require 50 yards in 35 seconds or less).

Iori said that younger teens who want to get a jump on training may also participate.

Interested applicants should contact Iori at HIori@schools.nyc.gov. Applicants will receive a prompt response, Iori said.

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