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Aquatics Division in need of summer lifeguards

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Upper Arlington pool officials are once again calling on adults in the community to help round out the swim season by serving as lifeguards through Labor Day weekend or mid-September.

Anyone age 18 or older who is a proficient swimmer and is looking for a little extra pay -- or maybe a good tan -- can apply to fill gaps left by seasonal employees who will be returning to college before the Tremont Pool and the Reed Road Water Park close at the end of Labor Day weekend.

"This is our third year for doing this," said Lee Spitzer, the city's aquatics and park facilities manager. "The first two were so successful we decided to keep doing it."

Spitzer said he's seeking as many part-time, adult lifeguards as he can find; he's hired between 10 and 15 the past two seasons.

Those who sign on will make $8.70 per hour after completing about 30 hours of required lifeguard certification training, which the city will provide for free.

"It's work what you can," Spitzer said. "We provide all the training absolutely free, and everybody who works as an adult lifeguard gets a free, individual pool membership for the following season."

Training courses typically are offered during evenings and weekends, and Spitzer said he can be flexible with both training and employment hours that best fit each individual's schedule.

Training is expected to open by the end of this month, and covers rescue techniques, CPR, first-aid and basic lifeguard skills.

Previous experience is preferred, Spitzer said, but not required.

"It's a chance to give back to the community and it's a chance to get out and engage the public," he said. "You can also get some exercise and fill a little bit of the responsibility."

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

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