Rome Family Y seeks lifeguards, offers certification training

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ROME — The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley is hiring lifeguards and offering American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification training.

“Lifeguarding is a rewarding summer job for high school and college students,” said Noah Farmer, YMCA Regional Aquatics director. “In addition to flexible schedules, lifeguarding can be a valuable addition to a college application or resume. Our lifeguards develop life-long skills including leadership and risk management.”

According to the announcement, being a lifeguard helps individuals:

-Build self-confidence and challenge themself;

-Be a part of a team that makes a difference; and

-Stay in shape.

YMCA lifeguards develop the necessary communication skills to work as a team and interact with children and adults, enforcing rules to keep everyone safe in and out of the water.

“Our lifeguards learn to be assertive, make quick decisions and stay calm under pressure,” Farmer added.

YMCA lifeguards will work at any of the following locations:

-Rome YMCA pool, 308 W. Bloomfield St.;

-Rome Municipal Pool, 500 W. Embargo St.;

-Tosti Pool, 200 Sixth Street;

-Guyer Pool, 701 Laurel St.; and

-Teugega Country Club pool, 6801 Golf Course Road;

The first step to becoming a YMCA lifeguard is to register for the American Red Cross Certification program at www.ymcatrivalley.org. Click on “Register for Programs” and select one of the two trainings:

-June 4-5, 12-8 p.m.; or

-June 11-12, 12-8 p.m.

The blended learning program includes online and pool training. The cost for Rome residents is $250; non-Rome residents, $325, according to the YMCA announcement. 

“After completing the certification, individuals age 16 or older will be contacted by me to fill out an employment application,” Farmer explained.

For more information, contact the Rome YMCA at 315-336-3500 or email the aquatics director at: nfarmer@ymcatrivalley.org.

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