City parks & rec department already thinking about summer, looking for lifeguards

Justin Udo
January 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
Summer swimming.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When you step outside, the bitter cold weather is waiting to greet you and remind you that it's winter. But one Philadelphia agency wants you to think about warmer days ahead as they get to work on a massive recruiting project. 

It may be the middle of winter, but Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is already focused on the summer.

"We have a large task ahead of us in terms of hiring minimally around 400 lifeguards for the summer, starting in mid-June," said Orlando Rendon with the department.

Rendon says more than 70 of their pools throughout the city are in easy access locations. This helps accommodate Philadelphians who are at least 16-years-old and looking for a summer job. 

"All you have to do is apply and speak to a rec leader at your local facility, and the leader will give you paperwork and offer you times to be screened to make sure you're able to do some of the competencies to become a lifeguard," he added. 

Rendon says lifeguard duties are pretty simple.

"Making sure, in terms of crowd control, if they see anybody in distress, providing help and service," he explained. 

He says they are also looking for somebody who is ready to have fun.