The Aquatics Zoo being built in Mount Vernon may not be opening this year as originally planned, but it will be open in next spring when all the other pools across the state open and they will be looking to hire 40 life guards for next summer.
The Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Department has joined the Starfish Aquatics Institute as a Training Center . Training will be going on this coming weekend at the McCleansboro City Pool for those interested in becoming lifeguards next summer.
Class registration is open now until Wednesday at the Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Department Office located at 800 South 27th Street . Participants are advised to register for classes as soon as possible so as to have time to successfully complete all online training requirements.
Skills classes will be on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th from 11 AM to 6 PM both days. The McCleansboro City Pool is located on Marshall Street adjacent to the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McCleansboro.
The $105 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 Life Guard will have a $35 crossover fee that will also be reimbursable after they pass the course. 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. For additional information, call the Parks and Recreation Department Office at 242-6890.