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  • TO BECOME A LIFEGUARD YOU MUST:

    A. Turn 15 years of age by the last day of class

    B. Register for a pre-requisite swim test - held at both
        Valley & Southwest Pools please note site listed

         a. Call the Aquatics Office at  473-4330 Ext. 3002         

    •  Sunday, September 9th            11:00 a.m. Valley Pool
    •  Wednesday, September 12th      6:00 p.m.  Southwest Pool 
    •  Thursday, September 13th         6:00 p.m.  Southwest Pool
    •  Saturday, September 15th        11:00 a.m.  Valley Pool
    •  Sunday, September 16th           12:00 noon Southwest Pool
    •  Sunday, September 16th            4:30 p.m. Valley Pool
    •  Tuesday, September 18th           6:00 p.m. Valley Pool
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    •  Sunday, October 14th               11:00 a.m. Valley Pool
    •  Sunday, October 28th               11:00 a.m. Valley Pool
    •  Saturday, November 3rd             4:30 p.m. Valley Pool
    •  Sunday, November 4th               4:30 p.m. Valley Pool
    •  Saturday, November 10th         11:00 a.m. Valley Pool
    •  Sunday, November 11th             11:00 a.m. Valley Pool

    C. Pass a pre-requisite swim test  - walk-ins welcome

    1. Swim 300 yards (12 lengths of a 25 yard pool) using front crawl and breaststroke with breathing and;

    2. Swim 20 yards, submerge to 12 ft. depth to recover a 10 lb. brick and return swim 20 yds and;

    3. Swim 15 yards underwater

    4. Tread for 2 minutes using only legs

    D. Sign up for the Lifeguard Class - Certification lasts 2 years...DOES NOT include waterfront module
                                                                 Classes may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
            

              1.    Fall 2018: 

                   a.   Southwest Pool:  Saturdays - September 22nd to November 17th       
                                                      9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  All Dates Required  

     

            b.   Valley Pool:  Sundays - September 23rd to November 18th           
                                                 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  All Dates Required  

     

           c.     Valley Pool:  Saturdays & Wednesdays -  2 days per week   
                                   
      Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon  November 17th to December 22nd

                                    Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  November 21st to December 19th 
                                     No Class November 24th - all other dates required
     

     

                 Click here to print a registration form     

     

    2. Registration Fee:

    i. City Residents - $25.00
    ii. Non-City Residents - $75.00

    All checks payable to Commissioner of Finance

    3. Registration forms will be accepted after completion of the pre-requisite test.  You may submit a registration form and payment on deck or mail or hand deliver your registration form and payment to: Syracuse Parks & Recreation, 412 Spencer Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 Attn: Lifeguard Registration.  Space in the class is NOT reserved until the completed registration form and fee are received.


    4. Certification Fee: 
    ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS all participants must bring a separate check for $80.00. 
    Checks are payable to COMMISIONER OF FINANCE with Red Cross on the memo line.

         

    These fees do not cover the cost of the text book.
    Directions for obtaining the textbook will be available on the pre-requisite test dates and/or covered on the first day of class.

    If after you complete a Lifeguard Class and you want to work for a City Pool,
    you must complete E and F too.

    E. Sign up for a Lifeguard Evaluation - (approx. 2-3 hours depending on the # of participants) - This must be done annually to work for City Pools.

    1. Complete an evaluation registration form -

    2. Mail or hand deliver your evaluation registration to: Syracuse Parks & Recreation, 412 Spencer Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 Attn: Lifeguard Evaluation Registration.

    3. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. There is a limit of 20 candidates per test.

    F. Pending the completion of all the necessary requirements a Lifeguard Employment Agreement will be mailed to you approximately the first week in June.

    1. The agreement will cover the training requirements, rate of pay, proposed dates of employment, employment site and site conditions. You will be responsible for signing and returning the agreement to: Syracuse Parks & Recreation, 412 Spencer Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 Attn: Lifeguard Employment Agreement.

     

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