The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is seeking to hire more than 100 lifeguards for this year’s summer pool season, city officials said.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old. They must take a swim test and be certified as lifeguards. The city is offering certification classes, as it has done in past years.

The base pay is $11.38 per hour for a 40-hour work week.

The application deadline is April 8.

As part of the swim test, applicants must swim 300 yards and tread water for two minutes without using their arms or hands. Finally, they must sprint 15 yards, grab a 10-pound brick from the bottom of the pool’s deep end and swim back to the shallow end.

Tests will be given at the Treme Recreation Center on North Villere Street in Treme, the Sanchez Center Pool on Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward and the Joe W. Brown Pool on Read Boulevard in New Orleans East.

They will be offered between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays until April 9. Those who pass the test will be given an application.

Certification classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Applicants must attend all days to become certified.

Applicants who received a NORDC lifeguard certification last year must attend a one-day recertification class.

For more information, call (504) 658-3044 or visit