EUREKA, Mo. — With a labor shortage plaguing swimming pools and other summer attractions in St. Louis, it’s becoming extra aggressive to expand its fleet. Six Flags St. Louis now offers a lifeguard-only incentive package.
Six Flags is working to recruit workers for its Hurricane Harbor water park. Among other perks, the theme park offers a lifeguard sign-up bonus.
About 20 people completed a four-day training course at Hurricane Harbor on Friday. The training consisted of water rescue instructions, written tests and CPR drills.
“We have lifeguards at different levels here,” said Elizabeth Gotway of Six Flags. “We have shallow water lifeguards. We have dedicated lifeguards. We even have slide attendants.
Not only did Six Flags pay for the training and lifeguard certifications, but they also paid $500 in bonuses for taking the jobs.
“It’s good pay. It’s better than being stuck inside somewhere all summer,” Gotway said.
Many returning employees, like 20-year-old college junior Cianna Fanger, are looking forward to being back for another summer.
“I really love interacting with colleagues,” said Fanger. “We have a lot of fun. I love interacting with guests, making their day and seeing people smile.”
At Six Flags, a lifeguard pays $14.75 per hour on weekdays and $18 per hour on weekends. The park currently has about 70 trained and certified lifeguards. Managers would like to hire at least 50 more. The lazy river alone requires 12 at a time.
Due to the labor shortage, some summer attractions are restricting hours and even struggling to stay open. Some cities, including St. Louis and St. Charles, are keeping at least one pool closed due to labor shortages.
Currently, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park is open on the weekends. It’s on track to stick with plans to expand to five days a week from June 20.
Six Flags perks also include employee-only “after-hours” events. Workers can buy tickets for family and friends, or bring a buddy to the park on their days off. Applying is as simple as texting the word “fun” to Six Flags at 636-245-2717. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard or in another role at Six Flags, click here for more informations.
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