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March 11, 2014

‘Desperately seeking lifeguards’

GREENVILLE — Lifeguards are expected to be in high demand in Greenville this summer.

The planned opening of the Splash Kingdom Water Park, along with the operation of the Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool has meant the number of life saving professionals may be in short supply.

“We are desperately seeking lifeguards,” said Kelly Gaudreau, CEO/President of the YMCA of Greenville & Hunt County. “Splash Kingdom is planning on hiring 85 lifeguards.”

The YMCA has scheduled the 2014 certification courses, starting later this month. While the courses are not designed to provide certification to allow a lifeguard to work in a water park, it will provide the credentials necessary to allow work at the YMCA, or at a community swimming pool such as Ja-Lu.

Gaudreau said there is a concern that there will be enough lifeguards to go around.

“We are really needing to find somebody to work,” Gaudreau said.

Session 1 at the YMCA begins March 28, with session two scheduled April 25.

Each session lasts three days and will include Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, operating an automated external defibrillator (AED), First AID and )2 Administration. Cost of the course is $225 per person, or $100 for recertification.

Those interested in the course can come by the YMCA at 1915 Stanford Street in Greenville, or call 903-455-9622.


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