Victoria in need of lifeguards
By By Brian M. Cuaron
April 30, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2011 at 11:30 p.m.
HOW TO GET CERTIFIED
Those interested in becoming a lifeguard for the city may contact Shane Simon or Danielle Williams, recreation specialist, at 361-485-3200. They can put applicants in contact with organizations that provide lifeguard certification classes.
To qualify for certification classes at the YMCA, Amanda Howe said, applicants must swim 300 yards and be able to grab a 10-pound brick from the bottom of the pool's deep end and bring it to the shallow end in 40 seconds.
After qualifying for certification training, applicants are trained in life-saving skills, CPR, first aid and on how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. It's a two-weekend course that lasts about 36 hours and costs $135.
WANTED: People who don't mind getting wet in the heat of summer.
The city of Victoria wants 12 lifeguards to operate the popular Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool starting Memorial Day weekend.
The city has hired three lifeguards already, but has only four other applicants.
"It's a great summer job," said Amanda Howe, who teaches lifeguard certification classes at the YMCA in Victoria.
Shane Simon, recreation services manager for Victoria, said the city will reimburse new lifeguards who work through the summer up to $130 for their certification classes. Lifeguards with at least one-year experience will receive $150 if they work through the summer.
New lifeguards also get paid $7.75 an hour while veteran lifeguards get $8 an hour.
Simon said lifeguards work 20-30 hours per week.
If the city doesn't have at least five lifeguards by Memorial Day weekend, then it won't be able to open the pool to the public until at least a week later.
The pool has as many as 300 visitors per day in the summer.