HAZLET – For a several township teens, their first job will be working as a lifeguard at the Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club over the summer.
On Thursday, the deadline to apply for seasonal jobs in the township, about 10 applications were dropped off at Town Hall. Without counting, Recreation Director Kathy Viscardi estimated the office had received “25 to 30.”
But because the swim club tries to offer flexible scheduling for kids juggling more than one job and family vacations, the office will extend the deadline to accept more applicants.
“Honestly we would love to have 40,” she said. “There is such a shortage.” Applications are available on the Recreation Department’s website. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for forms).
Hazlet Swim Club lifeguards will be paid the state’s minimum wage of $8.85 an hour to watch over the club’s four pools, 12 hours a day, seven days a week during the season. The club opens weekends only from Memorial Day, May 25 through June 28 and then every day through Labor Day.
There is the splash pool for little babies and toddlers, a very active medium depth pool attractive to young children, a prized Olympic size pool with a deep end and lap lanes, and the fun-lover’s diving tank. “We can’t open the pools unless we have guards,” said Viscardi.
Before they can get report for duty, pool guards must be 15 by April 1 and earn certification by the American Red Cross on their own. Professional lifeguarding courses include 30 hours of formal lifesaving training, CPR/AED and First Aid. Locally, they are offered at South Amboy and Red Bank YMCAs (non-member fee: $350) and at Dosil’s in Middletown.($420). If they work regularly through the season, the township will reimburse half of their certification fee in September. If they return the next summer, the township will reimburse the balance at the end of the second season.
They also must acquire a red bathing suit of their choice, which is also reimbursed up to $50.
“It’s a good first job,” said Ed Huber, program coordinator at the Recreation Dept. office. “You get to meet people. You’re out in the sun.” Stephen Piotrowski, a teacher, oversees the lifeguarding program as the club’s head manager.
So far, member sign-ups for the 2019 season are selling well, said Viscardi. Glossy blue postcards were mailed out to residents last week advertising the special “early bird” rates, which are the regular 2018 rates, available through April 30. The township is still working on the annual budget and has not yet set the regular rates for 2019.