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DEEP deadline to apply as lifeguard approaches

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection deadline to apply to be a lifeguard is Monday.  

Starting pay for lifeguards was recently increased to $19 per hour, up from $16.  Positions remain available at several state designated swimming areas, particularly at Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield, Indian Well State Park in Shelton, and Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. 

In addition to the increased starting salary, DEEP Is providing all training required to work as a lifeguard at the State Park beaches and training time is paid. DEEP will be holding a pre-requisite swim test for applicants on Tuesday. . 

The basic duties of a lifeguard are: to monitor activities in swimming areas preventing accidents and providing assistance to swimmers at State Park beaches; to caution swimmers regarding unsafe areas; to maintain order in swimming areas; to rescue swimmers in danger of drowning and administer first aid and/or CPR as required; to participate in physical and rescue skills training; to perform general maintenance tasks and other related duties as required. Lifeguards must be strong swimmers. 

Hours of work are 10am to 6pm., 5 days per week, for a total of 40 hours. Most weekends and the July 4 holiday are mandatory. Minimum age of 16 for lifeguards, 18 for lifeguard supervisors. 

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