Council Bluffs Pools Hosting Lifeguard Recruitment Event


Brooklyn Doebelin, Reporter

The City of Council Bluffs is hoping to open both Katelman Water Park and Pirate Cove Water Park on Saturday, May 29, but a lack of lifeguard applications leaves pool staff concerned.

“As it stands now, we don’t have enough lifeguards to open just one of the pools,” said Mike Bond, Aquatics Director for the City of Council Bluffs.

In response to the shortage of lifeguard applications, the City of Council Bluffs is hosting a Lifeguard Recruitment Event on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at Pirate Cove Water Park. Anyone interested in lifeguarding, regardless of certification, is encouraged to attend. Supervisors will be present to conduct on-the-spot interviews. Applications can be completed on-site, but it is recommended that interested candidates apply online as soon as possible.

“We will continue our efforts to recruit, hire, and certify enough lifeguards to open both pools,” said Bond. “We hope to have a great turnout at the recruitment event and then we’ll help the new lifeguards get certified.”

The Parks and Recreation Department will host a lifeguard certification course in mid-May for new lifeguards. Course details coming soon.

Lifeguard applications can be completed online at under “Employment.”