UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The City of Utica Youth Bureau is seeking qualified candidates to work as lifeguards for the summer program. But first, teens will need to get certified.

“It’s a different time now,” said Chet LoConti, Director of the Utica Youth Bureau. “With the pandemic – kids weren’t able to get certified two years ago, so they may have lost interest.”

He continued, “But I think it’s starting to catch fire again because at MVCC they are doing the courses and it’s starting to fill up a little more. I’ve been recruiting kids and getting them to register for the course, but it’s just become harder and harder to get kids, and people, to work – period.”

If you’re interested in joining the Utica Youth Bureau lifeguard team, but missed the most recent certification course, don’t worry – there are plenty of options around the area.

MVCC, the Rome Y, and the American Red Cross all offer certification programs throughout the year for teens 15 years of age and older, and for all those looking forward to their return to the pool, it will be here sooner than you know it.

“We’re always open that first Monday that’s considered summer for the elementary schools, or schools in general – this year is June 27th,” said LoConti.

This year, all three town pools will be open from June 27 until August 15th, with open swim happening daily from 1-5 pm.

Any teen interested in joining the youth bureau as a lifeguard can learn more by contacting Chet LoConti, or by visiting the Parkway Rec Center.