Do you have what it takes to be a city lifeguard?

Most people think of swimming as a summertime pursuit, but, the fact is, Biloxi’s two indoor public pools are open year ’round, and the city is always seeking certified lifeguards to staff the Biloxi Natatorium and Donald M. Snyder Community Center.

The Aquatics Division maintains the Biloxi Natatorium, an Olympic-size swimming pool with a retractable roof that is open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Donal Snyder Sr. Community Center pool, a four-lane lap pool with ramp access that is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to noon.

A lifeguard is on duty anytime a patron is in the water. The lifeguard maintains constant surveillance and provide immediately and appropriate care in the event of an emergency.

“Lifeguarding is an important job,” Recreation Superintendent Jamie Lee said.  “Yes, it is also fun, but everyone who uses these pools do so because of the consistent presence and security provided by our lifeguards.”

In addition to lifeguarding, the Aquatics Division oversees swim teams and offers year ’round swimming lessons to ages six months to adults.

“To keep the facility open and to continue to provide these services, we need lifeguards,” Lee said.  “We are currently looking to fill some of our part-time evening shifts at the Natatorium weekdays afternoons and evenings.”

Those interested in applying for city lifeguard positions must be 16 years of age or older and have currently completed a lifeguarding certification which includes first aid, CPR, and AED certification by the American Red Cross or YMCA.

Added Lee: “We encourage anyone who is interested to stop by the Biloxi Natatorium to talk with us.”
Video: Learn more about lifeguarding and the Natatorium
City Desk: Hear more about the Biloxi Natatorium and lifeguarding
Visit the Aquatics Division online 
See the lifeguard job posting 


News and notes: Mayor’s Cup, Thanksgiving dinner, council update, City Hall visitors

Mayor’s Cup run:  The City of Biloxi will hold its 34th annual Mayor’s Cup 5K Run throughout downtown on Saturday. The event begins with a one-mile at 9 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m.  To see more and to download the registration form, click here.

Special needs Thanksgiving Dinner:  The Biloxi Parks & Recreation’s annual Special Needs and Family Thanksgiving Dinner is Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center.  The event is free and open to all ages with physical and mental disabilities.  To see the flyer, click here

Council meeting redux: The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday approved measures involving ongoing city public works projects, OK’d use of grant money to buy an electronic license tag scanner for the Biloxi Police Department, and balked at approving a measure to govern special events in the city because councilmembers said the proposed ordinance was too vague. To see photos from the meeting, click here.

A visit to City Hall: Students from Nativity BVM Elementary School are learning about Biloxi today, and their field trip aboard the Biloxi Tour Train included a stop at City Hall. To find out what they learned and to see photos from the visit, click here.