Mar 12, 2024 - News

New Orleans to hire 150 lifeguards to staff pools this summer

Illustration of "Help Wanted" written at the bottom of a pool.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

New Orleans Recreation Department is hoping to hiring 150 lifeguards to staff the city's public pools this summer, and so far things aren't looking good.

Why it matters: Pools had limited hours the past two years because there weren't enough lifeguards.

The big picture: Anyone at least 15 years old can apply to be a lifeguard, according to Jezell Jones, NORD's aquatics director. Training is provided.

  • The pay starts at $17.15 an hour, and part-time and full-time positions are available. Apply online.
  • She's hoping for more applications and says it is hard to convince teens to do a job where they have to be in the water daily.

Catch up quick: Last year, NORD bumped up the hourly pay and lowered the age to 15 to widen the pool of applicants, according to WDSU. The pay has increased this year.

Zoom in: NORD offers free lifeguard training every Saturday that includes shallow and deepwater rescues, first aid and CPR.

  • Junior lifeguard training is available for 11 to 14 year old as well.

State of play: Seasonal pools open in June, Jones said. The city opens these three pools open all year.

  • Gert Town Natatorium — 3411 Broadway St.
  • Sanchez Indoor Pool — 1616 Caffin Ave.
  • Treme Indoor — 900 N. Villere St.

Go deeper: More aquatics info from NORD

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