Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, you will be paid a premium rate of 2$/hr extra for pool party shifts. This is paid out as a pool party bonus at the end of the season; you must finish the season to earn this premium.
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.
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.
Yes, by signing up in November-January, we will allow you to actually choose one of the pools we service. We have lots of pools to choose from.
Early May – Late September. We will work with all college students once they have to leave for school.
The secret to getting staffed closer to your home is to sign up early! If you sign up early (November-January), you will be allowed to choose one of the pools we service. (Some communities do not allow their residents to work in their community) If you wait until February – April, we will do our best to staff you within 15 – 20 minutes of the high school we recruited you from. We will sign up roughly 90% of our staff from November – February.
The average is 3 – 4 per week averaged over the course of the summer.
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.
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.
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.
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. Everyone is also eligible for the opportunity to earn an additional 50 cents for every hour worked bonus (Elite Lifeguard 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.
Head guards start at $17.75 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 (30 hours worked after 8/15). On top of this, every head guard is eligible for the opportunity to earn an additional bonus (Elite Lifeguard 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.
In summary, a first year Head guard may earn up to $18.75 per hour if they meet all requirements in the AMS manual.
The starting pay for a new lifeguard is $17.00 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 (30 hours worked after 8/15). On top of this, every guard is eligible for the opportunity to earn an additional bonus (Elite Lifeguard 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 an extra $1.00 for every hour worked over the summer.
In summary, a first year lifeguard will make $18.00 per hour if they meet all requirements in the AMS manual.
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.
Yes. You will need to order your Lifeguard Uniform. The cost ranges from $44.50 to $54.50 depending on the options selected.
Yes. All AMS employees are required to wear the AMS uniform whenever on duty. You will need to order your Lifeguard Uniform. The cost ranges from $44.50 to $54.50 depending on the options selected.
- 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.
- 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.
- Attend a Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid class that you signed up for. Once this is complete, you are ready to work in May.
A new lifeguard working an 8 hr shift will earn the money back in their first week of working (2.5 days).
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 $200 for another class if you do not pass the first time.
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.
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 $200 is for the cost of the training certification and uniform. 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!
$200.00. You can either pay in full or break it into two payments. The first payment of $100 is due at the lifeguard orientation/signup. The second payment of $100 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 (extra $20 admin fee 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.
By signing up early, November-January, you will have a better chance of getting your first pool request (assuming your pool is not full), or you will be staffed 15-20 minutes from the high school we recruited you from. We will sign up 90% (roughly 400 out of 500) of our employees between November and February. After February, we can no longer guarantee that we can staff you withing 15-20 minutes of your high school. The sooner you sign up, the closer to home you will get staffed.
I am Red Cross Certified in Lifeguard & CPR, do I still have to attend the Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid Training?
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.
Yes. We will certify you in Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid which is everything you need to get in a Lifeguard stand and work.
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.
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, Great Wolf Lodge, etc). This is the elite when it comes to Lifeguard certification.
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.
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.