Upper Arlington News

City offering free training to adult lifeguards


The Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is seeking adults to serve as lifeguards for the remainder of the summer at the city's three outdoor pools.

As Ohio colleges and universities resume classes next month, department officials expect to lose a number of employees who have been serving as lifeguards.

In response, they're offering free lifeguard training and employment opportunities for those 18 and older who can help fill out the schedule through Labor Day at Tremont Pool and the Reed Road Water Park, and until Sept. 14 at Devon Pool.

"All of the colleges, essentially, in Ohio have gone to semesters and we lose the bulk of our staff from mid-August on," said Lee Spitzer, Upper Arlington parks and facilities manager.

"We need some more adult lifeguards so we can continue to provide services through the remainder of the swimming season."

Faced with similar staffing shortfalls at the end of last summer, Spitzer said he was able to hire 12 adults who ranged in age from 19 to 55 to work at the three pools until the end of the season.

He's hoping for the same result this year, and this week began offering lifeguard training for prospective employees at no charge.

"We're going to provide all the training absolutely at no cost to the participants," Spitzer said. "Those who are hired also get a free membership to our pools for next year."

Spitzer said lifeguard certification requires about 30 hours of training, which can be completed over two to three weeks. Training courses typically are offered during evenings and weekends.

He added he can be flexible with both training and employment hours which best fit an individual's schedules.

"They'll be involved in basic rescue techniques, CPR, first-aid and basic lifeguard skills," he said. "Previous experience is preferred, but it's not required.

"I'm not looking for any great amount of time. It's whatever they can give me in evenings, during the week or on weekends."

Compensation for Upper Arlington lifeguards starts at $8.60 per hour, Spitzer said, and a financial bonus will be provided to those who work from Aug. 15 through the remainder of the swim season.

Those interested in more lifeguard information or in scheduling training times can call Spitzer at 614-583-5261, or email lspitzer@uaoh.net.

"The people who did it last year, all of them are back this year except for one who moved out of the area," he said. "Two of them became full-time employees.