Certification Courses

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Recreation Programs
  3. Aquatics

Frank Brown Community Center

235 Opelika Rd

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-Th: 6AM-9PM F: 6AM-6PM Sa: 8AM-12PM Su: 1PM-6PM

Whitney Morris

Aquatics & Special Events Coord.

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2948
  2. Email: wmorris@auburnalabama.org

Auburn City Pools hosts a number of Red Cross and other professional certification courses throughout the year, from lifeguard training to CPR and AED courses to the National Park and Recreation Association (NRPA) Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Course.

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

Have you ever considered becoming a lifeguard? Mark your calendar and join Auburn Parks and Recreation for any of these below-listed Red Cross classes to either renew your certification or receive it for the first time. Participants must be 15 years of age and will be expected to pass a pre-course swim test on the first day of class.

Test requirements include:
· Swim 300 continuous yards –100 yards of freestyle/front crawl, 100 yards of breastroke, and an additional 100 yards of any combination of freestyle/front crawl or breastroke
· Tread water for 2 minutes using only your legs
· Swim 20 yards of either freestyle or breastroke, retrieve a 10-pound object from 7 – 10 feet of water, and return 20 yards while holding it above water with both hands and keeping your head above water

The dates, locations and course fees are listed below. Course fees include an electronic training manual, pool rental fees and necessary equipment. Participants must attend all class sessions and should provide their own swimsuit, change of clothes, goggles (for swim test only), pen and paper. Participants may view their training manuals on eReaders or tablets during class – no laptops or cell phones. Lifeguard notes will be distributed and should be brought to EVERY class unless otherwise instructed. To receive more information about the course curriculum or general questions, please contact Nick Parr at ndpsam@hotmail.com.

First-Time Certification:
May 23 - 25, 2018
Samford Pool
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (all three days)
$170*

Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification/Review:
Saturday and Sunday, May 5 - 6, 2018
Samford Pool
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Saturday) and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Sunday)
$100*

Saturday and Sunday, May 19 - 20, 2018
Samford Pool
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Saturday) and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Sunday)
$100*

If you would like a printed copy of your training manual, you may pay an additional $35 by April 30, 2018.

To register for the course, please visit http://auburnarc.blogspot.com/.

Other Red Cross Certification Opportunities

Do you want to be CPR certified or learn first aid? Join Auburn Parks and Recreation for the Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid class offered in the spring quarter (beginning in 2018). Participants should provide their own pen and paper. Course fees, dates, times and locations listed below. Course fees include an electronic training manual, facility rental fees and necessary equipment. Participants may choose to do CPR/AED training only, which will take place in the morning, or CPR/AED and First Aid training.  Both trainings will help prepare participants to respond to emergencies involving adults, children, or infants. Please note also that there are no age restrictions for the CPR/AED and First Aid course. To register, or for information about the course curriculum or general questions, please email the instructor, Nick Parr, at ndpsam@hotmail.com.

Professional Certifications

Auburn City Pools will host the National Park and Recreation Association (NRPA) Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) course this fall. The AFO course provides participants with the skills necessary to run a safe and efficient aquatic facility and is designed by the National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA). The course is open to members of the aquatics community. Candidates may be:

Aquatics Directors
Pool Operators
Recreation Directors
Waterpark Directors
Pool Managers
Aquatic Supervisors
Resort, Hotel, and Homeowner Association Staff
Pool Service Industry Professionals
Any staff members responsible for the operation, maintenance or management of an aquatic facility
Anyone in need of knowledge of swimming pool operations

The course is a 2-day instructor-led program where candidates will learn about the most important mechanical, chemical, operational and risk management aspects of all pool and waterpark facilities. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

Filtration and disinfection
Water testing and treatment
Design considerations
Facility management and safety
Risk management
Hot tub and spa operation

This national certification lasts for five years and is intended to create better operators, who in turn make safer, more appealing environments and increasingly efficient programs for aquatic venues.

The next Aquatic Facility Operator Course will be Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, 2018. First-time certification cost is $275 if registration is completed before Friday, January 26, 2018, and $295 for registration completed by Friday, February 16, 2018. To renew certification, the cost is $115.

Registration for this course will open on January 2, 2018.

To learn more about the Aquatic Facility Operator Course, please contact the course organizer, Whitney Morris, at wmorris@auburnalabama.org.