While the present outside temperatures may not make most people think about swimming just yet, it is no reason not to think about the upcoming summer season, especially for those who are interested in helping out at local parks and swimming pools around the county.
To that end, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is now looking for part-time lifeguards at E.G. Simmons Park and Lithia Springs Park.
According to PRC spokesperson Kemly Green, it is the perfect time for qualified candidates at least 16 years of age who possess a GED Certification, high school students or high school graduates to sign up to receive their American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification and become lifeguards.
“It’s a good time to start now, get certified and be ready for the season,” Green said, adding that lifeguard positions at either parks pays $9 an hour with several positions currently available.
Candidates can receive training at each park through Hillsborough County  to obtain the American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR Certifications Professional Rescuer Certification and First Aid Certification.
E.G. Simmons Park, located only three miles north of Ruskin, has been a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts since the mid-1960s.
A public beach provides visitors with a perfect setting for sunbathing and swimming, while a boat launch provides access for saltwater fishing and boating. The park also offers fishing piers and areas for bank fishing.
The park was developed from 258 acres of native mangroves and open land areas, intertwined with waterways. An additional 200 acres of mangrove swamp has been preserved as a bird and wildlife sanctuary.
The 160-acre Lithia Springs park, located on the Alafia River, is proud of its natural spring that provides an excellent swimming experience, as the water temperature remains at 72 degrees year around.
In addition to swimming, there is a bath house, playground and picnic facilities.
Lithia Springs is also a popular camping spot with 40 sites and two shower houses.
For additional information, contact  E.G. Simmons Park at 671-7655 or Lithia Springs Park at 744-5572.

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