Lifeguarding is a fun and challenging summer job that gives young adult a chance to elarn and utilize water safety and first aid skills as well as guest services and leadership skills.
What does it take to become a lifeguard?
- An individual must be at least 15 years old and achieve a lifeguard certification through the American Red Cross or equivalent agency.
- The course is approximately 30 hours over several days at a cost of approximately $350
- The certification will include CPR and first aid and will be accepted at most aquatics facilities in the country.
- Classes are offered at The Jones Center for Families in Sprindale 479-750-8090) contact Meredith Cupp; at the Walton Life Fitness Center in Bentonville - call 479-204-1000; at John Brown University - Contact Crystal East at East Aquatics and Safety by email.
What do I have to be able to do to take the lifeguard class?
There are some basic requirements -
- Candidates must swim 300 yards (12 lengths of a 25 yard pool) using front crawl and breast stroke.
- Candidates must swim 20 yards, surface to a depth of 9 ft, retrieve a 10 lb brick, swim the brick back to the starting point and exit on the side of the pool within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
I am already certified but my certification is expiring soon. Is there a way to easily get re-certified?
The Rogers Aquatics Center does offer returning guards and newly employed lifeguards the opportunity to re-certify their certification at the aquatics center for a greatly discounted rate. Classes usually coincide with the Junior Lifeguard classes in April.
What does a lifeguard position pay?
- Newly certified lifeguards start at $9 /hour.
- Experienced guards are eligible for higher wages.
- Guards in good standing from previous seasons are given preference in hiring for the next season.
- Lead guards receive higher pay and more work hours per week (as well as more responsibility!)