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Raleigh seeks lifeguards, offers free training

Posted March 6

The wading pool at Lake Johnson Pool.

Teens ages 15 and up, who are comfortable around water and pools, can be eligible to work as a Raleigh city lifeguard.

The city of Raleigh is looking for lifeguards to watch over the city's pools - this summer and all year. Pay starts at $8.25 per hour, depending on a lifeguard's certifications. The city's pools are open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. The city is hiring for all hours, but specifically for morning and daytime lifeguards, according to a city press release.

Through the Seasonal Aquatic Vocational Education program, teens as young as 15, can take advantage of free lifeguard training.

To qualify for the program, candidates must

  • Be 15 years of age or older
  • Pass City of Raleigh controlled substance and background tests
  • Swim 300 continuously with rhythmic breathing. Freestyle and breaststroke, not stopping.
  • Tread water using only legs for 2 minutes
  • Swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10 lb. object from the bottom of the pool, return object to starting position and exit the water in 1 min 40 seconds
  • Work 155 hours for City of Raleigh Aquatics Program upon completion of the class

Leadership, public relations, good availability and decision-making skills also are preferred, according to the city.

In addition to passing the swim test, candidates also must successfully complete the lifeguard training class and attend monthly and seasonal trainings.

More information is on the city's website, including details about upcoming tryout dates for the training program.

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