Facing the loss of a "dramatic number" of lifeguards, Seal Beach plans to hire more recruits this spring to watch the city's shore, an official said.
"Our latest numbers indicate that we will be losing 18 of our current part-time beach lifeguards," said Joe Bailey, Marine Safety Department Chief in a written summary of department activities released this week. "This is a dramatic number of employees, as most years we lose five to seven well trained beach lifeguards."
In response to the many empty positions, he said, "We plan to recruit, train, and hire a larger than normal amount of Beach Lifeguards this spring."
According to Bailey, the department will hold an in-house training academy, which will meet standards set by the United States Lifesaving Association and include 130 hours of lifeguard, CPR and emergency responder training.
"Anyone interested in very rewarding summer employment, please check the City of Seal Beach website for more information," he said.
Lifeguard tryouts begin 8 a.m. April 14.