Frequently Asked
Questions

FAQ 2017-10-30T10:54:13+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have a second job? 2017-10-01T22:55:28+00:00

As long as we come first in scheduling and we do not have to work around your 2nd job. Remember we make our schedules one month in advance. Most companies make theirs weekly or biweekly. This gives you the opportunity to take our schedule to your other job and let them know which days you can work.

Are your schedules made bi-weekly, weekly or monthly? 2017-10-01T22:55:09+00:00

Monthly

Do you allow time off for vacations? 2017-10-01T22:54:54+00:00

We guarantee all vacations and camps as long as you give us sufficient notice. We make our schedules one month in advance. You will need to always request your time off by the 10th of the month before. For example: If you need July 7 – 14 off, be sure to request this time off by June 10th.

Can I request a pool? 2017-10-01T22:54:29+00:00

Yes, however there are no guarantees for new lifeguards. We have a lot of pools where everyone wants to work the same pool. If we guarantee, we would be overstaffed at many pools. All returning guards are guaranteed the pool they request as long as they sign up by January 1st.  We will work with returning guards the best we can if they sign up after this date.

When does the season begin and end? 2017-10-01T22:54:07+00:00

Early May – Late September. We will work with all college students once they have to leave for school.

Where will I work? 2017-10-01T22:53:52+00:00

The secret to getting staffed closer to your home is to sign up early! If you sign up early (December-February), you will be guaranteed to be staffed within 15-20 minutes (without traffic) from the high school (public high school closest to you) we recruited you from. If you wait until mid to late February – April, we cannot guarantee the 15 – 20 minutes. We will sign up roughly 90% of our staff from November – February.

How many days per week will I work? 2017-10-01T22:53:24+00:00

The average is 3 – 4 per week averaged over the course of the summer.

What days will I work? 2017-10-01T22:52:59+00:00

All of AMS’ pools are open 7 days per week. We make the schedules at random therefore we expect our staff to be available on any days they have not requested to be off work. If you attend church on Sunday mornings, we can always schedule you later in the afternoon. If you cannot work on Sundays (due to religious reasons) we will work with you.

How many hours a week will I work? 2017-10-01T22:52:39+00:00

The average number of hours a first year employee works is around 30 hours per week if averaged over the entire Spring/Summer. In the beginning everyone wants to work so we spread the hours as evenly as we can. In early July, vacations and camps pick up therefore more employees are out of town. For those that are in town, hours will pick up. Expect 20-25 hours per week early in the season, 25-30 hours mid-season, and 30-35 hours late season.

How often will I get paid? 2017-10-01T22:52:22+00:00

Payday is every two weeks. The pay period ends on a Sunday and you will receive your paycheck through direct deposit the Friday after the pay period ends.

Is every guard guaranteed a Bonus at the end of the season? 2017-11-15T08:45:42+00:00

Yes and No. Every lifeguard that works until the end of the season will be rewarded a bonus equaling 50 cents for every hour worked. Any lifeguard that quits, is let go, or does not work through the end of the season will not be rewarded with this first bonus.  Each lifeguard working in September will also receive a premium pay raise for that season as a thank you for continuing to perform great work.  Everyone is also eligible for the opportunity to earn an additional 50 cents for every hour worked bonus.  This bonus is not guaranteed and is a reward for doing an amazing job and is based on several factors that we covered in the AMS Manual provided at the 1st sign up.

What is the starting pay for a Head Lifeguard? 2017-11-04T01:45:00+00:00

Head guards start at a minimum of $8.75 per hour with an additional bonus of 50 cents per every hour worked given for every guard who works until the end of the season (please refer to AMS manual on what qualifies as finishing the season).  On top of this every head guard is eligible for the opportunity to earn an additional bonus of 50 cents for every hour worked by meeting the standards in their AMS Manual and doing an excellent job consistently throughout the summer.  This totals an extra $1.00 for every hour worked.

AMS also offers premium pay to every head guard working at the end of the season.  Starting the Friday of Labor Day weekend, all employees receive a $1.00 per hour pay raise.  These pay raises are guaranteed for that season and go towards that employee’s premium pay.

In summary, a first year lifeguard may earn up to $10.75 per hour if they meet all requirements in the AMS manual.

What is the starting pay for a New Lifeguard? 2017-10-01T22:51:18+00:00

The starting pay for a new lifeguard is $7.50 per hour with an additional bonus of 50 cents per every hour worked given for every guard who works until the end of the season (please refer to AMS manual on what qualifies as finishing the season).  On top of this, every guard is eligible for the opportunity to earn an additional bonus of 50 cents for every hour worked by meeting the standards in their AMS Manual and doing an excellent job consistently throughout the summer.  In total, every guard is eligible for a $1.00 for every hour worked additional bonus (half of this for working through the entire season the other half earned through doing an exceptional job). This totals an extra $1.00 for every hour worked.

AMS also offers premium pay to every guard working at the end of the season.  Starting the Friday of Labor Day weekend, all employees receive a $1.00 per hour pay raise.  These pay raises are guaranteed for that season and go towards that employee’s premium pay.

In summary, a first year lifeguard will make $9.50 per hour if they meet all requirements in the AMS manual.

When do we hear from you once our lifeguard training is complete? 2017-10-01T22:50:59+00:00

In late March/early April we will call you to let you know which pool you have been assigned to. We will also give you the dates of your first orientation, inservice, and directions.

Is there a cost for the uniform? 2017-10-01T22:50:32+00:00

Yes. You will receive a swimsuit, t-shirt and whistle with lanyard for $50. The cost of the uniform is added to the 2nd payment that is due at least 2 weeks before your training class.

Do I have to wear a uniform? 2017-10-01T22:50:13+00:00

Yes. All AMS employees are required to wear the AMS uniform whenever on duty. You will order your uniform through our website and pick it up at your training class or 1st Inservice.

What are the steps to becoming a lifeguard? 2017-10-01T22:49:55+00:00
  1. Fill out the online application on our website. Once you have filled this out you will receive an immediate notification that explains when and where the next lifeguard orientation/signup is held.
  2. Come to the lifeguard orientation/signup. We will explain to you at this orientation what we expect of you for your summer job, how to prepare for the Lifeguard, CPR & First Aid certification, and answer your questions. You will also sign up for one of our Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid Certification classes at this meeting.
  3. Attend a Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid class that you signed up for. Once this is complete, you are ready to work in May.
How long with it take me to “earn back” the cost of the training? 2017-10-01T22:49:29+00:00

A new lifeguard working an 8 hr shift will earn the money back in their first week of working (4 days).

What if I do not pass the Lifeguard, CPR & First Aid Certification class? 2017-10-01T22:49:11+00:00

If for some reason you do not pass your Lifeguard, CPR & First Aid Certification course the first time, you will have the option to attend the next scheduled class and re-take the course.  You will NOT have to pay $205 for another class if you do not pass the first time.

If I pay $125 at the signup meeting does this guarantee me the job? 2017-10-01T22:48:47+00:00

Yes, as long as you pass the Lifeguard certification course. One of the things that we do that other companies do not is guarantee the job. You must be 15 years old (or turning 15 in Spring or Summer) have a great attitude, know how to swim, and show us you are a dependable employee. We only offer the Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid Certification to future AMS Pool employees.

What does the $205 pay for? 2017-10-01T22:48:29+00:00

This is for the Lifeguard, CPR, Oxygen, AED, and First Aid certification training (everything you need to sit in the lifeguard stand).  We do not charge you to work for us, the $205 is for the cost of the training and certification.  Every lifeguard has to be certified before they can sit in the Lifeguard stand. Most certifications range between $250-$350 (not including uniform costs) and sometimes you pay this and are not even guaranteed a job. AMS Pools’ only interest is to hire and train the employees we need to staff our pools. You will be getting top of the line training at the lowest price around.  The best part is that you will be guaranteed a job!

How much are the Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certification classes? 2017-10-01T22:48:08+00:00

$205.00.  We break this out into 2 payments. The first payment of $125 is due at the lifeguard orientation/signup. The second payment of $130 ($80-2nd Certification payment & $50-Uniform) can either be paid online at least 14 days before your lifeguard class or you can choose to have it deducted from your 1st paycheck.  You will need to go online and choose which payment option you prefer, at least two weeks before. your lifeguard training class.

When should we get signed up to Lifeguard? 2017-10-01T22:47:51+00:00

We start recruiting in mid November. We will sign up 90% (roughly 400 out of 500) of our employees between November and April. The sooner you sign up, the closer to home you will get staffed. Assuming your area is not full, we guarantee that if you sign up November through late February that you will be staffed 15-20 minutes (without traffic) from the high school we recruited you from.

I am Red Cross Certified in Lifeguard & CPR, do I still have to attend the Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid Training? 2017-10-01T22:47:27+00:00

Yes. We require all of our lifeguards to be certified under the Jeff Ellis and Associates Program but if you have a current Red Cross Lifeguard & CPR license, we will reduce your training costs.

Is your certification everything I need to be a lifeguard and work for you? 2017-10-01T22:47:10+00:00

Yes. We will certify you in Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid which is everything you need to get in a Lifeguard stand and work.

What separates your program from the others? 2017-10-01T22:46:32+00:00

Leadership, the ability to build great leaders starting from an early age, and commitment to safety. We take great pride in our leaders. We are constantly “grooming” our staff to take over as future leaders. We realize the more we put into our staff, the more our company will succeed. Our lifeguard training is the best of the best. We also work with our staff in weekly inservices to sharpen the skills they have learned. This keeps them rescue ready at all times.

Why do you use the Jeff Ellis and Associates ILTP Program instead of Red Cross for certification? 2017-10-01T22:45:46+00:00

Jeff Ellis and Associates certifies over 90% of the private water parks across the United States (White Water, Lake Lanier Islands Beach and Waterpark, Disney World, Disney Land, etc). They also certify colleges like Georgia Tech. This is the elite when it comes to Lifeguard certification.

What type of training do I need to become a lifeguard? 2017-10-01T22:42:49+00:00

All of our guards are certified under the Jeff Ellis and Associates ILTP Program.  AMS Pools will certify you.  All you need to do is fill out an online application and attend a lifeguard signup meeting.

What qualifications do I need to become a Lifeguard? 2017-10-01T22:42:10+00:00

You must be 15 years old or turning 15 in the Spring or Summer (you can take the training class at the age of 14, but cannot start work until your 15th birthday). You must have a great attitude and know how to swim.