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Aquatic Center provides job opportunities for FAU students

A 17,000-square-foot pool, social area with food service, multipurpose activity court and locker rooms, are among the highlights of Florida Atlantic University’s new Aquatic Complex, which opened at the Recreation & Fitness Center in March.

The complex is situated at the north end of the Breezeway.

In addition to providing more athletic facilities, the expansion creates job opportunities for students. Each semester the center employs staff members for the fitness center and recreation desk. The university also hires intramural sports officials, group fitness instructors, lifeguards, personal trainers, maintenance staff and graphic artists.

To be considered for one or more positions, students must attend a campus recreation employee recruitment session.

“We employ about 150 students,” said Dax Kuykendall, an assistant director in charge of operations for the campus Recreation Department. “Any student can be hired with the proper training. All of our frontline positions are students.”

Salaries range for $7.75 to $9.75 an hour.

Kuykendall said employees are expected to maintain a positive and friendly attitude and display “the highest levels of professionalism and customer service far exceeding the expectations of members and guests.”

Campus Recreation offers an eight-week, pre-certification course each semester to students want to become personal trainers. The sessions are designed to prepare the student for a personal trainer certification exam. The course costs $20.

Kuykendall said students must take a certification test at the end of the course, and the cost ranges from $200 to $300. The American Council for Exercise will offer discount test fees to students who take the personal trainer test through the organization, he said.

He said students are particularly excited about the Aquatic Complex. The H-shaped pool has a maximum capacity of 92, though the pool area can accommodate 200 people at one time and has 100 lounge chairs for sunbathing.

“We can have people working out and lounging at the same time,” Kuykendall said. “One section of the H is for lap swimming. The other side has zero depth for leisure, and the middle section has benches and jets sort of like a hot tub-- but the water is the same temperature as the rest of the pool.”

“These new spaces, along with our quality programs and services, are designed to motivate and encourage students to stay active and healthy,” said Eric Hawks, the director of Campus Recreation.

For more information on how apply for a position or use the facility, contact the Campus Recreation Office at 561-297-4512.



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