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DEEP to offer free lifeguard training classes

December 18, 2018

Recruitment has begun for summer 2019 state park lifeguards, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced free lifeguard certification training being offered this month.

“While summer is months away, the process to finding and training lifeguards to protect our beach visitors is well underway,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen.

DEEP said its recruiting lifeguards at eight Connecticut State Park guarded beaches — Black Rock State Park in Watertown, Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Indian Well State Park in Shelton, Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Silver Sands State Park in Milford and Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield.

American Red Cross lifeguarding classes are being offered through DEEP in roughly eight-hour time slots at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 1 Wilderman’s Way in Middletown.

There are two separate classes — lifeguards with waterfront module review and lifeguarding with waterfront module. The module class is for those who have no current certification. The review class is for lifeguards who already have a certification that will expire before next summer.

Certification training with waterfront module review classes are being offered on Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Certification training with waterfront module classes are being offered on Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Contact Sarah Battistini at sarah.battistini@ct.gov or 860-418-5958 to register.

Participants have to successfully complete prerequisites and attend all days of the class to complete the certification, which will be retained by DEEP and can only be used for employment as a lifeguard at state parks in Connecticut.

Basic lifeguard duties include: monitor activities in swimming areas to prevent accidents, provide help to swimmers at the state park beaches, caution swimmers about unsafe areas, maintain order in swimming areas, rescue swimmers in danger of drowning, administer first aid or CPR as needed, participate in physical and rescue skills training and perform general maintenance tasks.

Work hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days a week, for a total of 40 hours each week. Weekends and holidays are mandatory. Lifeguards must be 16 by May 25. Lifeguard supervisors must be 18 by that date.

Visit www.jobapscloud.com/ct/ to apply.

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