Summer is right around the corner and that means school is about to be out. It also means a lot of teens are looking for summer jobs. Warm weather means it’s time to hit the pool. According to the former pool manger at Lincolnshire Park Jane Boardwine, becoming a lifeguard during the summer is the perfect opportunity for teens.
Boardwine said, “It teaches you responsibility that is necessary and skills that you can carry out throughout the rest of your life and it teaches you to be empathetic.”
Her daughter Nicole Bolster served as a lifeguard when she was a teenager for several years.
Boardwine said, “It also moved into her career in the navy and she was able to do some teaching in the navy about swimming.”
Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Tazewell Travis Barbee said they hired all the lifeguards they needs but there are other opportunities in the area.
Barbee said, “We’ve heard other departments have had a shortage in the area. Some of them that applied for us, if they couldn’t get a job here I did mention there are other pools hiring in the county. It is just a summer job but there’s not many summer jobs where you’re responsible for you’re responsible for people’s lives.”
Barbee said the YMCA and the Red Cross offer CPR and AED certifications and swimming tests that are required for the job.
The pool is set to open on Memorial Day weekend.
He said they had more than 10 applications submitted this year.
Anyone interested in being a lifeguard next summer can stop by town hall in Tazewell and get an application.