FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Feb. 16, 2012) -- Fort Rucker Directorate of Family Morale Welfare and Recreation will be hiring lifeguards for the 2012 summer swimming season in early April.

About the first week of April the vacancies for these positions will open via the website USA Jobs,, and applicants must apply per instructions contained in the announcement.

DFMWR lifeguarding courses run Feb. 25 through April 6. There are six courses, each of which last for two weeks, with an option of weekend-only courses or weekday-only courses. The weekend-only courses are two back-to-back weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., whereas the weekday-only courses are Monday-Friday of the first week and Monday-Thursday of the second week, all after school hours from 4-8 p.m.

Participants must be 15 years old by the last class session. Cost for the course is $75, and participants receive American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification, along with Waterpark and Waterfront Modules, first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator certifications.

The prerequisite swim portion of the course consists of a 500-meter swim, retrieving a 10-pound diving brick from the bottom of the deep end and swimming it back to the shallow end by using only the legs, swimming about 15 yards underwater and treading water for two minutes using only the legs.

DFMWR's aquatics facilities include three pools and a lakefront swimming area. Two pools are utilized for fitness swimming and military training: the physical fitness facility indoor pool, a 25-meter lap pool with a diving board and lane lines, backstroke flags and starting blocks for competitive swimming; and Flynn Pool, a 50-meter lap pool with a diving board and lane lines, backstroke flags and starting blocks for competitive swimming.

Splash! is a water park-style pool, with a diving board, rock wall, two waterslides, a spray park and a tiki hut concession area. West Beach at Lake Tholocco is a dock enclosed swimming area with three waterslides, a water trampoline, water volleyball and a fitness swimming area.

Due to child labor law revisions, 15-year-old lifeguards may not work at West Beach or on the top of the waterslides at Splash.

For more information, call 255-9162.