A city job you can really dive into: Philadelphia seeks summer lifeguards

Pat Loeb
February 18, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Jumping into an outdoor pool may be the last thing you would want to do right now, but the City of Philadelphia is getting ready for swim season.

Philadelphia needs 400 lifeguards to staff its 70 outdoor pools, so Aquatics Program Coordinator Chrissie Rad says she starts early looking for candidates.

It's a lengthy process that begins with a screening, where applicants have to swim 12 lengths of the pool without stopping, tread water with only their legs for two minutes and retrieve a brick from 12 feet under. Sound like a lot? Well, that's just to make sure you have what it takes. After that is when really get trained in lifesaving.

“Before anyone lifeguards at any of our pools they have to complete the course, but we do offer training courses throughout the winter, spring and early summer.

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The course is 21 hours and costs $110. You can take it at 15 years old, but you have to be 16 when you start working.  The job pays from $13.65 to $16 an hour.

“We're just looking for candidates that don't necessarily want to be in an office job. It's a fun job, but we're still looking for responsible candidates that want to work in their communities,” she said.

You can find more information on the city’s website.

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