2007-01-05 / Community

NPS Lifeguard Testing Kicks Off 1/6

Strong swimmers are being encouraged by the National Park Service (NPS) to take advantage of pre-employment test opportunities to qualify for summer lifeguard jobs.

The first session of free National Park Service lifeguard testing will kick off Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center of Fordham University in the Bronx.

Applicants for summer lifeguard jobs must pass a five-part pre-employment performance test that an NPS spokesperson has described as being "extremely rigorous." First, applicants must swim 600 yards in under ten minutes. Second, they must perform a simulated rescue in under four minutes, swimming 50 yards to retrieve a dummy and towing the dummy for 50 yards, getting out of the water and carrying a 150-pound person 50 feet, and performing rescue breathing on a CPR-training mannequin for a minute.

Third, applicants must swim underwater for 125 feet, surfacing exactly four times. Fourth, they must break free from the grip of another person underwater. Finally, they must run 1 ½ miles in under 12 minutes.

In addition to the physical demands of the test, taken in the prescribed order, applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years or older on the day of appointment.

Other tests are scheduled in New Jersey locations, as well as Stonybrook University, through the end of April.

Lifeguards with the National Park Service work five eight-hour days each week. Hourly pay for 2007 lifeguard jobs will range from $12.18 to $20.37, depending on experience. As an equal opportunity employer, the NPS is eager to attract qualified women and minorities, a spokesperson said.

To pre-register for the test or for more information on the testing schedule, call toll free at 1-800-678-7946.

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