Hundreds compete for lifeguard positions
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- It's training day for would-be lifeguards who want to patrol the waters.
Monday morning, about 209 people participated in several challenges to earn a spot as a lifeguard in Hallandale Beach.
Last July, a private company hired by the City, fired a lifeguard for leaving his post to rescue a swimmer out of his area. The City has since fired the company and are in the process of hiring their own lifeguards.
Twelve people will be chosen, but first they have to undergo numerous challenges. Participants will have to run 200 meters to rescue a swimmer who was 50 meters out in the water and then bring the victim back to shore. They also had to demonstrate CPR life-saving skills. The participants also had to swim 500 meters in under 10 minutes. "It was fun, I mean 8:30, that wasn't my best, but I'm here," said Eric Guzman who is competing for a spot.
Sources said the new life guards will be paid almost twice as much money, as those working for the previous company.
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