State parks, reservoirs seeking lifeguards; testing now online

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lifeguarding tests are now offered online for applicants seeking such positions at Indiana state parks and reservoir facilities.

The test is for first-year applicants only. First-year applicants must pass the test as part of the job application.

Candidates who have already worked at a state park or reservoir facility need not take the test again.

The test has 50 questions. Half of the test is about CPR and first aid, and half is about lifeguard training knowledge.

An applicant must score at least 70 percent.

A link to the test and information for both first-year and returning candidates on how to apply are available at

Applicants must already be certified in lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer before taking the test. If an applicant is in a certification class but has yet to finish, he or she may take the test but must complete certification before being hired.

The test serves as a hiring tool and is not a recertification of any type. Guards must recertify on their own through their local Red Cross and YMCAs prior to the swim season.

Swim season generally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Lifeguard positions are available at Lieber, McCormick's Creek, Turkey Run, Shakamak, Brown County, Clifty Falls, Versailles, Spring Mill, Harmonie, O'Bannon Woods, Ouabache, Mounds, Indiana Dunes and Prophetstown state parks.

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