The Rogers Aquatics Center offers two certification courses: Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard.
Please click one of the two tabs below to view more information on each of these courses:
Lifeguarding is a fun and challenging summer job that gives young adult a chance to learn and utilize water safety skills, first aid skills, as well as guest services and leadership skills.
Overview: Lifeguard FAQ (PDF)
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 $275 (prices vary by instructor and location)
- The certification will include CPR and first aid and will be accepted at most aquatics facilities in the country.
- To find a Certification Class, go to www.redcross.org and click the certification classes tab.
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 minimum wage.
- 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!)
Please see our FAQ Page for further information:
The Rogers Aquatics Center has created a Jr. Guard volunteer group to assist the lifeguard staff during the summers.
How this course will benefit your child:
- Builds leadership skills
- Addresses the importance of effective communication
- Introduces conflict resolution strategies
- Provides empowerment training through emergency response skills and preparation
How volunteering as a Junior Guard at the Rogers Aquatics Center will benefit your child:
- Opportunity to improve swimming skills and endurance
- Gain "lifeguard" experience by shadowing certified guards on duty
- Practice how to effectively communicate with co-workers and guest of the park
- Participate in lifeguard in-service trainings
- Practice surveillance and emergency response skills
- Jr. Guards who are on the waterpark roster get in free tot he park anytime!
- Young teens will have a safe, fun and challenging place to be during those long summer days
A multi-day course including CPR/AED and First Aid training for ages 11-14
See course syllabus inside the packet for detailed information (at top of page)
Tuesdays - Rogers Aquatics Center. Address: 1707 S 26th St (Off New Hope Road)
Most Saturdays - Rogers Adult Wellness Center. Address: 2001 W Persimmon (Off N Dixieland)
See course packet for prerequisites and course training daily schedule (at top of page)