The City is interested in having a group of regular lap swimmers (around 5 individuals) to certify as volunteer lifeguards. For the upcoming swim season, the City’s goal is to always have two certified guards available during lap swim sessions. There will always be a paid guard on duty who is primarily responsible for guarding . The volunteer guard simply needs to be at the pool site for the entire two hour shift, however, the volunteer guard could swim during this time. The volunteer guard would be a backup only if something were to happen and the paid guard needed assistance to rescue an injured swimmer from the pool.
The City of Vacaville is holding its next Lifeguard Training Session during President’s Day Weekend. It is a comprehensive in-water course:
- Saturday, Feb 15 (12-4)
- Sunday, Feb 16 (9-5)
- Monday, Feb 17 (9-5)
Participants must first complete an American Red Cross online course (approximately 7 hours). The cost for the Vacaville Course is $160. You can sign up online (although it appears that their website has been compromised) or in person at the main office on Alamo (near the Graham Aquatic Center).
City Manager Donlevy has offered that there will be some type or reciprocal deal, whereby the volunteer guards will get free swims in lieu of doing shifts – details to follow. Volunteer lifeguards will also have to be Live Scanned, but the City has agreed to cover the cost of this.