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Broome County Parks in need of additional lifeguards

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services is currently looking to hire more lifeguards.

While they say there is not necessarily a shortage of lifeguards, they are attempting to be proactive in preparing for late summer months, a time when their staff begins to shrink.

“It’s mostly because all of our kids are starting fall sports, going back to college, so it’s that time of year when they’re gearing up for fall. So, we’re losing quite a few,” explained Broome County Parks and Recreation Director Liz Woidt.

“We’re posting on social media, we’re trying to do a push to just get the word out there that we’re looking for lifeguards. We’re reaching out to local schools and the university to see who’s got access to kids who are willing to work for the last couple weeks of summer,” Woidt added.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, be a certified waterfront lifeguard, and must have CPR and AED certifications.

The Department of Parks and Recreation said lifeguard training is available through the YMCA. You can find out more on that training at

For more information or an application, call 607-778-2193.

Dan Conklin

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