Big Surf Waterpark hiring for summer jobs; season starts May 2

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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The temperatures are rising, and that means water park season is just about around the corner. And Valley water parks are already hiring staff to get ready for summer.

Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe is now hiring for it 46th summer season. The park opens on May 2.

Available positions include lifeguards, customer service representatives, food service workers and custodial workers.

Big Surf is also filling its world-famous wave pool with water, all week long. The wave pool holds 2.5 million gallons of water, and is ranked as the third largest in the country, according to size and volume. The pool produces a wave every three minutes.

Details about Big Surf lifeguard positions:

-No experience required. All necessary training provided over a five-day course

-Hands-on first aid training

-Deep water recovery training

-CPR certified

-Incentives for good attendance

You can apply for jobs online

Big Surf Waterpark opened on October 24, 1969. In 1965, four years before the “surf center” opened, it was just an idea thought of by a man named Phil Dexter. Dexter took that idea and in 1966 built the first model of his wave machine in his backyard!

The following year he built a larger-scaled model in an abandoned billiards hall in Phoenix. A fully-engineered model was built later in 1967, and in the same year Clairol Inc., came on board to help further develop the wave machine. Construction of Big Surf began in January of 1969 in Tempe, Arizona. In September of that year, the surf center opened with a press conference and live surfing demonstration by World Surfing Champion Fred Hemmings Jr.

Now, 43 years later, Big Surf Waterpark is home to America's original wave pool and features over a dozen additional rides for all ages.

Big Surf has served as more than just a surf center. It was a popular destination for numerous concerts from musicians including Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beach Boys, Chicago, Sting, Rod Stewart and many, many more.

The concert tradition was revived in 2011 with two Sound Wave Electronic Dance Music festivals. Big Surf was also featured in two motion pictures: Just One of the Guys (1985) and Storm of the Century (1999).