Lifeguard

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Certification Information
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 - Mcupp@jonesnet.org; at the  Walton Life Fitness Center in Bentonville - contact Zan Martin - lifeguard.redcross@gmail.com; at John Brown University - Contact Crystal East at East Aquatics and Safety by email -  eastaquaticsandsafety@yahoo.com and at The Bentonville Community Center.

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/May.

What does a lifeguard position pay?


  • Newly certified lifeguards start at $8.75 /hour.
  • Experienced guards are eligible for higher wages.
  • Guards in good standing from previous seasons are given preference in hiring for the next season and will receive a pay raise each returning 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
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Contact Us

Leanne Jacobson
 Aquatics Manager
(o) 479-936-5482
email: ljacobson@rogersar.gov

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