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Metro Parks’ Lifeguard Academy offers youth in the Tony Sudekum/J.C. Napier Housing Development an opportunity to learn a skill while earning money to become a lifeguard at city pools

Nashville, TN – According to the statement, the Metro Action Commission is providing funding for the 10 lifeguard training positions through the Providing Opportunities for Wealth-building and Economic Resilience (POWER) youth program.

Officials have announced that the Lifeguard Academy is scheduled to run from March 3 to May 12 at Napier Park Community Center swimming pool.

Participants will be required to train 10 hours a week at a salary of $15.00/hour. On Saturday, May 13, the participants will have the opportunity, if they choose, to take a rigorous test to qualify for the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification.

Those who pass the test and obtain the required certification will be offered summer employment (30 hours per week) as a lifeguard with Metro Parks.

Temporary employment could be extended to a permanent position following a job performance review and evaluation.

Program elements include but are not limited to:

  • Three hundred yards continuous swim, using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both.
  • Tread water for two minutes using legs only. Hands must be under armpits.
  • Timed event – swim 20 yards, retrieve a ten-pound brick from nine feet deep, return to the surface, and swim with both hands on the brick back to starting point in under 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.