Park District looking to hire lifeguards

  • A lifeguard watches over swimmers at 63st beach in Chicago.
A lifeguard watches over swimmers at 63st beach in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/ Chicago…)
March 24, 2014|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

Forget business attire. Ditch the cubicle. Get paid more than minimum wage.

Sound appealing?

This job allows shorts in its dress code, comes with a lakefront view and pays $13.38 an hour.

But applicants have to be physically fit and know how to administer first aid and CPR because lifeguards have to be ready at a moment's notice to run into the lake and help somebody.

The Chicago Park District is looking for 800 summer lifeguards to man the city's beaches and pools from June 13 through Sept. 1.

Applicants have to be city residents and at least 16 years old by July 1. They must submit an application online by April 24, take an American Red Cross lifeguard class, and pass a drug test.

They have to pass a swim test before they can enter the lifeguard training academy. Applicants must complete a 200-yard swim in less than three minutes and 30 seconds as well as a 25-yard underwater swim. Applicants also will need to show they can retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool in 14 feet of water, carry a "subject" across their chests for 25 yards, and break out of a front and rear stranglehold.

After the academy, applicants will be interviewed before getting hired for the summer job.

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