1) Swim Macon's Lifeguard Training Schedule- A New Certification Class will be added for Mid-May. We will post as soon as we are able.

2) Swim Macon Lifeguard Employment for the summer of 2021. We are hiring 20 Lifeguards total for the summer to work at Highlands Plantation. Shift coverage and availability will cover 10a-8p Mon, Tues, & Thurs-Sun. There will also be shifts available at Northside Swim club. There will be a lifeguard certification class May 15-16 from 9a-5p for new lifeguards. The link to apply is at the bottom of this page.

Swim Macon is a Starguard Lifeguard Training Center
.  We will also list any American Red Cross certifications that are made known to us in the area. If you would like us to post, please email [email protected]. We provide training for new lifeguards as well as renewal training.  We will accept your Red Cross certification to allow you to take the renewal training.  You must provide your Red Cross certification details.  Most employers will accept Star Guard Certification in place of Red Cross Training. 

LIFEGUARD APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM 300 YARDS NON-STOP AND UNASSISTED by swimming Freestyle (front crawl), breast stroke, or a combination of both. This class will not teach candidates how to swim. Non-swimmers are ineligible to take lifeguard training at Swim Macon.  In addition to the 300 Yard swim,  Trainees must also be able to:
  • Tread water with hands in the air for one minute
  • Retrieve a 10 pound brick from the deep end and swim to the side holding the brick
  • Swim 50 yards using the rescue buoy


2021 SMAC Lifeguard Registration form: DOWNLOAD

New certifications, including Red Cross renewals take two 8-hour days. StarGuard Renewal training is completed in one 8-hour day.  Starguard requires annual renewal of your Starguard Lifeguard Certification. Starguard is much more practical than Red-Cross, that is why it's preferred by most waterparks.The rescue techniques and concepts are simple to execute and understand. Annual renewal keeps skills sharp, and professional. Lifeguards are always at risk of having to deal with life or death situations. Staying proficient is extremely important. Our guards take the job seriously, and understand the risks and consequences of being unprepared. We do not pass candidates if we do not feel that they can be an effective guard. 
Our currently scheduled sessions are:
Starguard Lifeguard Training
Type of Training Dates Registration Deadline Course times Cost


Renewal Certification

Nick Hilburger
[email protected]

Aug 28, 2021

Aug 23, 2021





NEW Certification 

Nick Hilburger
[email protected]

July 10-11, 2021  July 7, 2021 Both Days 9a-5p  $275
If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please complete the registration form and return it via email to [email protected], or mail to SMAC, 5097 Northside Dr., Macon, GA  31210.  Questions? Contact our instructor, Nick Hilburger at [email protected]. Registration AND PAYMENT are due 7 days before the class. No exceptions. We will not split sessions. Lifeguard candidates must be able to spend the entire class time on the weekend the class is held. No exceptions.
Upon receipt of your registration form (signed by a parent if you are under 18), you will receive a note to come to the pool to complete the pre-requisite swim requirements.  Once you pass that, you will be given pre-work to be completed prior to the first day of class.  You will also receive a training book, on loan from SMAC, that you must pick up at the pool.
We require a minimum of 4 trainees to hold a session. We will notify those registered of changes due to weather or failure to meet the minimum class size.  Additional training sessions may be scheduled depending on demand.
AGAIN, We will not break up training based on schedule conflicts. Candidates must take the full class on the dates registered.
Training is held at our Northside Pool at 5097 Northside Dr., Macon, GA  31210.

During the Summer of 2021, Swim Macon will hire 20 Lifeguards for the 2021 Summer Season to work at Highlands Plantation. We are in the process of hiring now and would love to have you work with us. Simply follow the directions below. We take guarding seriously, please take that into account.

Hiring Process:
1) Download the 2021 Swim Macon Employment Application
2) Fill it out and take a pic or email to [email protected]
3) Don't forget to attach an image of your certification.
3) We will contact you for an interview within two business days
4) Jason will notify all lifeguards of their status within 10 days of application

*Disclaimer- We are an aquatics training facility with over 40 years of experience in the Middle Georgia Community. Lifeguarding to us is NOT A JOKE. If you entertain visions of relaxing on deck and getting a tan as the main part of your job, please apply elsewhere. This is a life and death business, and we treat it as such. That being said, we promote a very fun working environment!**