MT. VERNON — — MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Department has joined the Starfish Aquatics Institute as a training center.
SAI is one of the largest lifeguard, swim instructor and pool operator certifying agencies in the United States. In partnership with Human Kinetics, SAI offers state-of-the-art training courses and also provides risk management service to the aquatic industry.
George Bryant, Parks and Public Facilities Director stated in a news release, “The city is looking at hiring 40 lifeguard to operate the Aquatic Zoo when it opens the spring of 2014. The StarGuard program also addresses our desire to partner with an association which is solely focused on aquatic certification, instruction, risk management, and internal audits.”
New lifeguards who will be registering for the StarGuard program will do so at a cost of $105. Skills classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at the McLeansboro City Pool. The pool is located on Marshall Street adjacent to Hamilton Memorial Hospital. The fee will be reimbursed to all guards that pass the program and pledge to apply for work at the Aquatic Zoo in 2014. Any currently certified Red Cross lifeguard will have a $35 crossover fee that will also be reimbursable after they pass the course.
StarGuard certification is effective for a one-year period. Lifeguards renewing their StarGuard certification will not be required to purchase new books each year.
All classes will require online training of 8- to 10-hours and the successful passing of an online test. Participants must complete and show proof of passing the online training prior to being allowed to take the skills portion of the class.
Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Participants 15 years of age may register only with the instructor's approval. Passing of the course does not guarantee that individuals will be hired but those with certification will be considered for employment.
Registration for the training is now open until Tuesday, July 24 at the parks department office at 800 S. 27th St. Participants are advised to register for classes as soon as possible so as to have time to successfully complete all online training requirements. Additional information may be received at the parks department office at 242-6890.