Recreation & Parks - March 2, 2018
The city needs to hire more than 80 lifeguards and other pool personnel for the 2018 pool season and has raised the starting pay to $10.10, with experienced lifeguards eligible for more. Lifeguards must be 16 by May 31, 2018, and must be certified as a lifeguard by the American Red Cross or an equivalent agency.
Certification training will be offered in March and April, said Latoya Price, the city's aquatic coordinator. "With the pending opening of the Winston Lake Aquatic Center and the addition of Long Creek Pool, we will need more lifeguards this year," Price said. "To address this need, we have significantly raised our pay rates."
The city has also increased pay for pool jobs that require more experience. The pay for senior lifeguards (at least age 18 with two years of experience) will be $10.60 an hour. Pay for assistant pool coordinators will be $11.10 an hour and pool coordinators will earn $11.60 an hour.
All city lifeguards' swimming and rescue skills are tested before employment. During pool season, lifeguards have in-service training every week with their rescue, first aid and CPR skills practiced, observed and evaluated.
Complete qualifications, information and dates for lifeguard certification training, and a link to the city’s job application can be found at CityofWS.org/lifeguards.