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Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) seeks positive, energetic individuals to join our Aquatics Team at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center in various lifeguards, head lifeguards, swim lesson instructors, or front desk staff.

Available Positions

  • Lifeguard ensures patrons' safety by preventing and responding to emergencies, observing, and enforcing all rules and regulations of the facility, educating patrons on rules and regulations, providing good customer service, and performing all other related duties as assigned.
  • Headguard ensures patrons' safety by preventing and responding to emergencies, observing, and enforcing all rules and regulations of the facility, educating patrons on rules and regulations, providing good customer service, and providing leadership to the lifeguard and other facility staff.
  • Swim Lesson Instructor provides a fun swimming class environment that offers students the best swim lesson experience and educates participants of the facility's rules and regulations. 
  • Front Desk provides good customer service by greeting and directing patrons, answering general questions and performing all other related duties as assigned. 

Benefits of Becoming a member of the JCPRD Aquatics Team

  • Year-Round Facility! Not just a summer job!
  • Staff is supported by Head Guards and Supervisors on-site.
  • Fun place to work!
  • Opportunity to take on leadership roles and develop new skills.
  • Freedom to grow and take on additional roles, such as teaching swim lessons or guarding our summer beaches.
  • Continued training on safety and rescue skills through the year-round in-service program.
  • Flexible hours using features like availability-based scheduling and an online schedule system.

Become American Red Cross Lifeguard Certified

The certification offered through Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Aquatics Department teaches the duties and responsibilities of lifeguards to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies and the procedures to carry them out in a professional manner. Certifications include: American Red Cross Water Park Lifeguard, First-Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. All certifications received are valid for 2 years.

Course Description and Format 

Blended Learning combines online learning with in-person skill sessions conducted by an American Red Cross Certified Instructor. Unless otherwise stated, all courses held at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center follow the blended learning format. Participants will need to complete the eLearning units before attending the first in-person course. Participants will get access to the American Red Cross eLearning shortly after completing the form linked at the top of the page. Important points on this format include:

  • Online sessions are self-paced and can be completed 24/7 from any location with internet access.
  • Online sessions teach the knowledge base needed for the in-person sessions, maximizing in-water time for rescue skills.
  • In-person skill sessions typically span 3 consecutive days and require nearly 100% attendance time to complete certification.

Course Prerequisites for American Red Cross Lifeguard Course 

  • Must be a minimum of 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  • Must have completed the online portion of the course as an introduction before the first day of the on-site course. You will receive the online course link after completing your job application.
  • Must swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Participants may use swim goggles.
  • Tread water for 2-minutes using legs only. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Swim 20-yards, surface dive to a minimum depth of 7 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim back to the starting point with the object within one minute and forty seconds. Swim goggles are not permitted.
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Upcoming Lifeguard Certification Course

Our Lifeguard Certification Courses are reserved for those interested in working for JCPRD.  Before attending a class, please fill out the "Aquatics Job Interest Form", which is linked at the top of this page.

We are always scheduling new American Red Cross Lifeguard certification courses throughout the year. 

If you are unavailable for any of the courses listed below, please fill out the "Job Interest" Form.  We are always scheduling new American Red Cross Lifeguard certification courses throughout the year.  We will contact you when we schedule new classes.

November 2021 Course 

DateTimeLocation
Thursday, November 11th4:00 - 6:00 pmZoom
Friday, November 12th  4:00 pm - 9:00 pmSMSD Aquatic Center
Saturday, November 13th  8:00 am - 6:00 pmSMSD Aquatic Center
Sunday, November 14th8:00 am - 6:00 pmSMSD Aquatic Center

Course Location: SMSD Aquatic Center - 17251 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219

December 2021 Course 

DateTimeLocation
Thursday, December 16th4:00 - 6:00 pmZoom
Friday, December 17th  4:00 pm - 9:00 pmSMSD Aquatic Center
Saturday, December 18th  8:00 am - 6:00 pmSMSD Aquatic Center
Sunday, December 19th8:00 am - 6:00 pmSMSD Aquatic Center

Course Location: SMSD Aquatic Center - 17251 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219