County launching beach safety mentoring program for teens

Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division is launching a Lifeguard Trainee Mentoring Program for 16-year-olds who want to prepare for jobs as tower guards.

Trainees will shadow and assist seasoned tower guards, but will not assist in water rescues, according to Beach Safety Director Mark Swanson.

Swim tryouts for 16-year-olds will be on these dates:
• Saturday, March 8: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the DeLand YMCA, 761 International Speedway Blvd.; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ormond Beach YMCA
• Saturday, March 15: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ormond Beach YMCA

Applicants must be at least 16 by March 24 and be able to swim 500 meters in under 10 minutes, swim 50 yards in under 30 seconds, and run a half-mile in under 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Candidates considered for hiring will undergo a background check, physical and drug screening.

Those who meet the swim requirements must pass a stringent selection process, attend an orientation and training class, and complete a 40-hour first responder/CPR.

Starting pay is $8.51 an hour. A $500 bonus will be given to new hires who work specified hours and days.

For more information, visit or call Beach Safety Ocean Rescue at 386-239-6414.



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