Looking for lifeguards

Children use a slide under the supervision of a lifeguard at a City of Grand Rapids pool

The City of Grand Rapids will offer free American Red Cross courses to train lifeguards to staff the City’s three pools.

The Parks and Recreation department seeks to hire 75 lifeguards. The free classes are designed to recruit seasonal workers in more equitable ways by reducing financial barriers. The certification– valid for two years– has a value of $250.

“Our lifeguards are crucial to creating a safe and welcoming environment at our outdoor pools,” said Parks and Recreation director David Marquardt. “We want to hire lifeguards who are passionate about serving our community, regardless of their financial ability.”

An aquatics manager will work with applicants to schedule a certification course, if needed. The courses take place over two or three days. To be eligible for the free certification, participants who successfully pass the course must agree to work as a lifeguard for the 2023 season at one of the City’s three public pools: Briggs Park Pool, Martin Luther King Park Pool or Richmond Park Pool.

Pre-application is required to be eligible for the certification courses. Prospective lifeguards must be 15 years old or older. Apply online.


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