By Rich Lamb

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – For the first time in years, there are enough lifeguards to cover all of New York city’s beaches and pools.

Parks commissioner Adrian Benepe says because of the economy, the city has had no trouble recruiting lifeguards starting at $13.50/hour.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports: Tough Economy Helps City With Lifeguard Recruitment

“By the time July 4 weekend rolls around, we’ll have a full complement of lifeguards,” he said. “We still have the high school kids who have to get out of school, some of the college kids are still finishing up, but it looks like a banner year for lifeguards.”

Benepe says more lifeguards means more city beaches and pools can be open for the summer.

Lifeguards work a 48-hour week and all available positions have been filled.

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  1. kendra says:

    i Am very glad that there are going to be lifeguards in the pool and beach areas cause there seems to be alot of accidents going around these days and we don,t need anyone to lose there kids to the danger of the beaches and pools.

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