MT. VERNON — —
New lifeguards who will be registering for the StarGuard program may register for classes through May 29 at the Parks and Recreation office, 800 S. 27th Street.
The StarGuard program will be used by the city at its Aquatic Zoo, and is part of the Starfish Aquatics Institute programming.
"SAI brings a hands on holistic approach to teaching our lifeguard staff," said Parks and Facilities Director George Bryant. "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 total cost of $105. Skills classes will be held at the Rend Lake College Natatorium on Monday, June 3, from 9 a.m. ot 11 and from noon to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. The $105 fee will be reimbursed to all guards who work for the Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Department at the new Aquatics Zoo during the 2013 summer. Any currently certified Red Cross Life Guard will have a $35 crossover fee that will also be reimbursable after employment.
StarGuard certification is effective for a one year period. Lifeguards renewing their 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 on June 3.
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 only those with certification will be considered for employment.
Participants are advised to register for classes as soon as possible so as to have time to successfully complete all online training requirements.