Myles Wallace, a lifeguard at SEAPARC, sets up the pool for another round of swimming lessons. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke still looking for lifeguards

Partnerships with schools key to success

SEAPARC is still on the hunt for more lifeguards and instructors for its aquatic programs.

“We’re still recruiting, but it’s a bit early to say our efforts are having an impact,” said SEAPARC manager Steve Knoke.

“What we’re doing is working in the background to try to recruit more staff.”

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He added SEAPARC has met with the principal and counsellors at Edward Milne Community School to try to renew those contacts.

“We want to see how we can offer the needed courses to high school students. We’re basically shifting from a model where we wait for people to apply to going out and recruiting new staff,” Knoke said.

He said SEAPARC is exploring ways it could make presentations to students and get the message out to parents that lifeguarding and swim instruction are great part-time jobs.

“It takes a while (to get the qualifications) to be a lifeguard, but some of the courses count as high school credits and there are even scholarships available to cover the course costs,” said Knoke.

Anyone interested in exploring a job as a lifeguard or swim instructor should contact SEAPARC for more information.

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