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Katy Newling said she was told by a hiring manager at Wet 'N' Wild she would need to complete a $125 lifeguard training course as part of the application process. There was no guarantee of employment upon completion, she told FOX5. Katy Newling said she was told by a hiring manager at Wet 'N' Wild she would need to complete a $125 lifeguard training course as part of the application process. There was no guarantee of employment upon completion, she told FOX5.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Read on The Rant Tuesday night was an email from a father about employment at Wet 'N' Wild. 

It read, in part, "If you do not get an interview or the job, you are out $125."

Wednesday, we met with that man's daughter, 16-year-old Katy Newling, who was initially excited at the prospect of being a lifeguard at the new Wet 'N' Wild water park.

"I've been certified since I was, like, 10 years old. I've been doing CPR classes, babysitting courses, and I just recertified this year for American Red Cross," said Newling.

Newling, however, was shocked when she was hit with an email from a Wet 'N' Wild manager requiring her to pay $125 to move on in the application process.

"I was upset. I wasn't able to do it because it's a lot of money, especially right now," said Newling. 

Wet 'N' Wild requires specific lifeguard certification through a company called Ellis & Associates.

Those certification classes require a payment of $125, but with no guarantee of employment upon completion.

"How can you be forced to pay something, and they're like 'No guarantee, just gimme the money?'" said Newling.

Katy's father, who didn't identify himself because of business ties to Wet 'N' Wild, worked at the old water park back in the 1980s but under different requirements.

"You went through your oral interview, you took a written test, you took your swim test and then they said, when you're a candidate, contingent on you passing this Ellis course, you'd have a job," he said. 

Wet 'N' Wild's response to the story is as follows:

- It is not uncommon for people taking lifeguard certification courses through other certification companies to pay a fee.

- Ellis & Associates is the leading training and certification company for lifeguards in the theme park industry.

- An estimated 150 lifeguards will be hired to work at Wet ‘N' Wild.  

- Wet ‘N' Wild is offering a limited number of Ellis & Associates Lifeguard Certification courses. There will be 16 people per instructor in each class. Wet ‘N' Wild managers are contacting select candidates to take the course.

- Following successful completion of the Ellis & Associates Lifeguard Certification course, Wet ‘N' Wild will conduct formal interviews with candidates to fill the estimated 150 lifeguard positions. Wet ‘N' Wild managers will be interacting with candidates during the course, and that will be taken into account.

- Following employment and work at the water park for the majority of the operating season, lifeguards will receive an $85 reimbursement. The remainder of the lifeguard course fee ($40) is for the course books and materials that lifeguards keep and continue to use.

- Completion of the lifeguard course does not guarantee employment, and candidates are advised of this at the onset. Candidates who are not hired may apply for other lifeguard positions that accept the Ellis & Associates certification.

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