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Victoria in need of lifeguards

By Brian M. Cuaron
April 30, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2011 at 11:30 p.m.

Kids swim around at the Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool. The city has nine open lifeguard positions.  If the city doesn't have at least five lifeguards by Memorial Day weekend, then the pool can't be open to the public until at least a week later.

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.

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