VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - If you're looking to make a splash at Wild Adventures' Splash Island Waterpark, park officials want to make sure you do it safely.
"Safety is our number one priority here at Splash Island Waterpark," aquatics operation manager Lisa Strickland said.
To help keep guests safe, the waterpark requires 35 lifeguards to be on stand every day.
"They are trained to scan their water the whole entire day. When you come up to talk to them, they'll talk to you and be nice and friendly, but we want to make sure that they have their eyes on the water," Strickland mentioned.
Lifeguards also rotate throughout the park every 45 minutes to one hour to make sure that they do not get too comfortable in one spot.
To make sure that the lifeguards are doing their jobs correctly, Ellis & Associates, the company that licenses the park's lifeguards, audits the team a few times throughout the year.
According to Wild Adventures, the group comes out unexpectedly, observes the lifeguards, and then reports back to park officials.
"In the past five years, we have exceeded their expectations twelve times," Strickland added.
Lifeguards, like Cory Peeples, are proud of what they do at the waterpark. He's assisted more than 40 guests during his two years at Splash Island.
Peeples said that the park makes sure that everyone is trained correctly in the case of an emergency.
"If you are on stand and you have to jump in, it's going to be scary. But after that it's not as scary," he added.
Currently, Splash Island has 85 lifeguards on staff. However, they would like to see that number rise to around 100 lifeguards.
If an applicant is not certified, Wild Adventures says their proud to pay for the lifeguard certification and training to its employees.
To apply to become a lifeguard, click here.