Seasonal Summer Employment

Questions about Magic Waters or Aquatics job opportunities? Contact us at or call 815-966-2442.

Lifeguard Qualifications & Training

The Rockford Park District employs nearly 250 lifeguards each summer at its aquatic facilities: Alpine Park Pool, Harkins Aquatic Center, and Magic Waters Waterpark.

Lifeguard Qualifications & Training

  • Age 16 or older
  • Able to swim 200 yards without stopping
  • Tread water for 2 minutes without using hands
  • Retrieve 10-lb brick from bottom of 12-ft pool
  • Able to work 32 hours minimum per week
  • Able to work evenings, holidays, and weekends
  • Complete a lifeguard certification course (there are 5 weekend courses offered March through May)

Your Lifeguard License

You will be trained through the International Lifeguard Training Program created by Jeff Ellis & Associates. This program is internationally recognized as an industry leader in lifeguard training.