FAQs

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How old do you have to be to lifeguard? 

Do I need to come in for an interview?

How do I become an LGU employee?

Where will I work?

How do I sign up for a class?

I signed up for a class but need to cancel. What do I do?

What am I required to buy?

What other opportunities do I have with LGU?

Learn the LGU Vocabulary

 

 

 


 

 

How old do you have to be to lifeguard?

To be trained and hired as a lifeguard you must be 15 years old by the last day of your training class.

 

Do I need to come in for an interview?

If you are applying to be a lifeguard you do not need to interview. If you would like a leadership position you are required to come in for an interview. Even if you held a management position last year, you must re-interview each year. To learn more about leadership positions available at Lifeguards Unlimited please click here.

 

How do I become an LGU employee?

Basically you need to send in an application, take a class, and go to an orientation.  For more information click here.

 

Where will I work?

Since we staff many different locations, neighborhood pools and municipalities, you can request a specific pool closest to you. However, this is a first come opportunity.  We begin accepting applications in December and some locations do fill out quickly. If the pool you are interested in is already fully staffed you will be assigned to another home pool.  There are always opportunities to substitute at our other locations!

 

How do I sign up for a class?

Click here. First you will need to read and acknowledge our class and cancellation policies  and then you will continue to a class list. Click on the class you wish to take. You will need to enter your RSVP information and pay for the class. You will not be registered until we receive your payment. 

If you have been a lifeguard previously and need a re-certification or are unsure what type of class to take, click here for the LGU certification policy, and then go here, the class homepage, for your options.

 

I signed up for a class but need to cancel. What do I do?

Our cancellation policy can be found on the information screen for each class. If you are taking a FULL WATERPARK CLASS, REVIEW, OR SKILLS TEST click here and select your class option.  If you taking a (LGI) Lifeguard Instructor Training, (CPO) Certified Pool Operator Training, or (WSI) Water Safety Instructor Training, click here and select your class option. 

Please note that you may only receive a refund if you cancel at least five days before the first day of a course.

 

What am I required to buy?

For a Class:

You need to pay for you class when you register, however any class materials are supplied as part of the class fee. 

You will need a swimsuit for all classes except CPO.  We recommend one piece suits for women.

For Employment by LGU:

You will need to purchase a Lifeguards Unlimited swimsuit, this is your primary uniform which can be purchase through this link

You will also need a whistle (you will receive one if you take a full waterpark class with LGU) which can be purchased at orientation or from your supervior.

If you are going to wear anything over your suit (t-shirt, shorts, etc.) it must say Lifeguards Unlimited. Lifeguards Unlimited t-shirts are available for purchase at orientation or from your supervisor.  Other clothing such as hoddies and caps can be purchased here.

 

What other opportunities do I have with LGU?

CPO- A CPO is a Certified Pool Operator.  LGU offers CPO classes which will teach you the finer points of pool operation and management.  For more information our CPO classes please click here. 

Internships- We offer various internships throughout the year in different categories of business and PR. Please contact us directly for more information.

 Leadership Conference- This conference is for anyone who wants to develop teamwork and leadership skills. It consists of indoor sessions on various topics and an outdoor low or high ropes course. For more information on this year's conference click here.

Leadership Opportunities- Lifeguards hires many Supervisors, Managers, Assistant Managers and Head Guards every year. If you are interested please click here for more information.

Lifeguard Competition- American Red Cross had in the past hosted a one day event competition for any American Red Cross lifeguards in the St. Louis Area. LGU sponsored teams to compete in lifeguarding skills, first aid, and CPR.  We may see an event like this in the future, however American Red Cross no longer hosts this event.

LGI- An LGI is a Lifeguarding Instructor. We hire LGI's to train our lifeguards from December to June. It's a great way to increase your lifeguarding knowledge and earn some extra cash. These classes are held periodically throughout the year. Please click here or contact our office to learn about upcoming classes.

WSI- A WSI is a Water Safety Instructor, or person who teaches swimming lessons. We occasionally offer classes for guards interested in teaching swimming lessons for LGU. 
Please click here or contact our office to learn about upcoming classes.


 

Learn the LGU Vocabulary


Full Waterpark Lifeguarding Class/Lifeguarding Class- LGU uses the term "class" generally when referring to a FULL WATERPARK LIFEGUARDING CLASS.  This is a multiple day class primarily for new lifeguards; however former lifeguards who either do not have a Red Cross certification or whose certification has expired will also be in this course. By successfully completing our Full Waterpark Lifeguarding Class you will receive American Red Cross Certification in Waterpark Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding, CPR/AED-PR, & First Aid, currently a two year certification period.  To find out more about Full Classes and when Full Classes are offered click here.


Orientation- Orientation is a mandatory event for all Lifeguards Unlimited Employees held in May.  At the orientation you will go over the Employee Handbook and LGU policies, learn to test chemicals, purchase t-shirts & whistles, and complete any missing paperwork for employment, among other fun activities! The orientation is two hours and free to our staff.  You can attend any of the orientations, two are on weeknights and one on a weekend morning; you MUST attend at least ONE! For a schedule of orientations please go here.

 

Review- A Review is for currently certified American Red Cross lifeguards whose certification will expire within the next year.  A Review is a full day American Red Cross Review course which will re-new your Lifeguarding, CPR/AED-PR, & First Aid certification, currently a two year certification period. A Review will satisfy LGU's employment requirement for a skills assessment before each summer season.  LGU offers Review for LGU Employees and non-employees.  You can learn more about Reviews by following this link.

Skills Test-
A Skills test is for currently certified lifeguards whose certification will not expire within the next year. It is a half   day event, where you complete all your Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR skills so that you can work for Lifeguards Unlimited each summer.  This will not renew your certification.  Successfully passing a Skills Test will satisfy LGU's employment requirement for a skills assessment before each summer season.  For more information on a Skills Test follow this link.

 

Waterpark Lifeguarding- While you can be certified in just lifeguarding, LGU trains every guard in Waterpark Lifeguarding as well. This is at no extra cost to you. It allows you to work at neighborhood pools as well as Waterpark facilities. This way you will be qualified to work at any Lifeguards Unlimited pool.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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