Volusia County summer lifeguard tryouts have been extended through Saturday, May 25, as Beach Safety hasn't gotten the number it needs yet.
It's not easy getting people to commit to the often demanding job.
“I do know that a lot of people cannot complete our physical requirements, which are a must in this profession,” said Capt. Tamra Malphurs of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. “It is not an easy job; it can be very physically and emotionally demanding.”
The average work day for a lifeguard starts at 9:15 a.m. They begin with a daily drill consisting of swimming, running, and various calisthenics. After, they grab their equipment and man their respective lifeguard towers until 5:30 p.m., with 30-minute lunch breaks in between.
There are around 65 new recruits along with 230 returning lifeguards on payroll. Considering the competitive wage (starting at $11.90 an hour) and various job demands, being a lifeguard holds a high amount of responsibility.
Tryout requirements include a minimum age of 16 by June 14, ability to swim 500 meters freestyle in under 10 minutes, swim 50 yards freestyle in under 30 seconds and run a half mile in under 3 minutes, 15 seconds.
Other aspects call for applicants to attend a Volusia County Beach Safety lifeguard recruit class, which is a mandatory 48-hour ocean rescue training, and must attend a 40-hour first responder class/CPR course (proof of equivalence is also accepted).
Candidates up for consideration for hiring will undergo a background check, physical and drug screening.
Tryouts will be:
•Saturday, May 11, 8 to 10 a.m., Ormond Beach YMCA, 500 Sterthaus Drive; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cypress Aquatic Center, 981 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach; and 2 to 4 p.m., Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway
•Saturday, May 18, 8 to 10 a.m., Ormond Beach YMCA; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Cypress Aquatic Center; 2 to 4 p.m.: Edgewater YMCA, 148 West Turgot Ave.
•Saturday, May 25, 8 to 10 a.m., Edgewater YMCA; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., DeLand YMCA, 761 E. International Speedway Blvd.; 2 to 4 p.m., Port Orange YMCA
For more information, visit volusia.org/beach or call (386 ) 239-6414.