Lifeguard Certification

The Rockford Park District lifeguards are trained by Jeff Ellis & Associates through the International Lifeguard Training Program. The Rockford Park District lifeguards take their responsibilities very seriously so that guests can have a fun and safe experience while at any of the Rockford Park District aquatic facilities.

While visiting any one of our aquatic facilities, you may observe a lifeguard drill in action. As part of our continuous training, we conduct daily lifeguard drills. We also conduct Vigilant Awareness Training that consists of dropping mannequins into the water in order to observe the response time of our guards. 

In the event of a rescue in the wave pool during the wave cycle, the waves are temporarily turned off. As soon as the rescue is completed we will turn the waves back on. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this safety procedure. 

Safety Awards

Rockford Park District lifeguards strive to provide our guests with a fun and safe experience each and everyday. Their hard work and dedication has consistently been recognized by Jeff Ellis & Associates. In 2011, Rockford Park District lifeguards were awarded with the “Gold International Aquatic Safety Award” given by Ellis to clients who “consistently exceed their criteria for aquatic safety certification” each year.

Swim Attire

Guests using attractions within the waterpark must wear a lined swim suit. Street clothes, cut-offs, or athletic clothing are not allowed. In addition, any swim wear with buttons, snaps, rivets or zippers are not allowed.

Swim Pants

To provide our guests with a high degree of health safety, all children ages three and under must wear tightly fitting reusable plastic swim pants whether or not they are toilet-trained. A simple plastic pant is available free of charge with a paid admission, or swim pants in a variety of prints and patterns are available for purchase. (Note: Commercial swim diapers such as Huggie's Little Swimmers are not acceptable without the tightly fitting reusable plastic swim pants worn over the top of them.) The swim pant may be worn over a diaper or without a diaper. Please Note: Swim pants are required and will be provided to you as part of your child's admission fee.

Wave Pool Breaks

In order to provide our guests with a break from their fun-filled day at Magic Waters, we clear the wave pool for 15 min. twice during the afternoon. This is an excellent time for little ones to take a break from all the excitement and use the restroom.


Lifejackets are available free of charge at each of our aquatic facilities. Our lifejackets are Coast Guard approved and staff will fit all children with the appropriately fitting lifejacket. Lifejackets are available at Tube Rental. All young swimmers and non-swimmers are encouraged to wear a properly fitted lifejacket while enjoying the attractions.