Swimming is a popular summertime activity in Oklahoma, and the YMCA is trying to fill an anticipated lifeguard shortage at its seven metro area pools, including the new one at Mitch Park in Edmond.
“We’re definitely short across the board,” YMCA aquatics team leader Jonathan Teal said. “We may have some branch locations that are doing a little better than others, but we’re still looking for qualified people to fill positions.”
Teal said Mitch Park’s pool facility requires more lifeguards at a time than most YMCA facilities to cover its leisure and competitive pools.
“Mitch is a large facility, and sometimes you need at least five to eight on deck at once to cover all the sight lines,” Teal said.
Most lifeguards are high school and college students, but Teal said the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is reaching out to adults who might be interested. The jobs pay about $7.99 an hour, and during the summer months lifeguards can work up to 40 hours. Lifeguards also receive a free membership to the YMCA, Teal said.
The YMCA also is waiving the fee for its lifeguard training course, which can cost up to $250 for the 25 to 35 hours of training needed to become a lifeguard.
“This is a fun way to make some extra money, but it’s not a job you get hired and start the next day,” Teal said. “There is some work involved before someone is ready to be a lifeguard.”
Teal said ideal lifeguards are customer-service oriented, fit, friendly and safety-minded.
To learn more
For more information on training courses and to apply to be a lifeguard, call YMCA director of training Katie Neal at 297-7778 or email at email@example.com.