The Quincy City Council approved an interlocal agreement with Eastmont Metropolitan Park District (EMPD) to help train and certify staff.

The agreement, approved during the Aug. 18 council meeting, allows for the use of the park district’s indoor aquatic facility for training to certify some of their staff as well as Quincy Aquatic Center staff. The EMPD recently started operation of the facility and aiming to have new staff trained and certified to operate the facility, according to meeting documents.

Quincy Recreation Coordinator Amanda Bogle will be teaching the classes, said Russ Harrington, the Quincy Recreation Director. Bogle is certified to do so. Harrington said the total number of classes is unknown right now, but that the Eastmont facility will be training lifeguard instructors for their future staffing needs.

New staff at the Quincy Aquatic Center will also be trained, as well as recertification classes for returning staff. These training are important for the Quincy staff as they have not been able to complete them with the Quincy pool closed this summer due to Coronavirus restrictions.

The city of Quincy and the EMPD will be able to enroll up to four people in each training class, according to city documents. The city can request use of the facility for Water Safety Instructor and Basic Swim Instructor classes, as well as Lifeguard Instructor and Lifeguard Training classes.

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