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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Ocala seeks local teens, young adults for lifeguard training program

The Ocala Recreation and Parks Department is currently accepting applications from young residents between the ages of 15 and 21 who are interested in becoming a lifeguard for the City of Ocala.

The Developing Recreation Professionals’ Aquatics Program will teach participants a variety of skills including CPR and first aide, life guard prep, pool management, and improved swimming techniques, according to the city.

In addition, participants will have an opportunity to get their lifeguard certification. Successful completion of the program will prepare participants for certification testing and seasonal aquatics employment with the recreation and parks department (pending a successful interview, drug screening, background check, and available funding).

Those who are interested in the program have until Friday, February 3 to submit an application. Candidates can fill out the application online, and an application packet can also be requested by contacting the recreation and parks department via email at: [email protected].

Once all the applications have been reviewed, the top candidates will be selected and interviewed as part of the process. The training classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning on February 14 through April 2.

According to the city, the primary goal of this program is to engage talented and driven young people within the local community to enable them to develop the technical and soft skills which are vital to the success of a recreation and parks professional.

For more information, visit the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s website or contact the department at 352-368-5517.