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Lifeguard Training Course

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Get Trained. Get Certified. Get a Job. $10.50/hr!

National Pool & Waterpark Lifeguard Training Course, for ages 15+

Get ready for summer by preparing for a job that is challenging, rewarding, and offers the chance to advance! At the completion of this course, successful lifeguard candidates are eligible to be fully licensed through the nationally recognized Jeff Ellis and Associates, Inc. program.


• This is the program we use to train our award winning Des Plaines Park District lifeguards. (Visit
• Course includes water safety and rescue techniques, CPR, first aid, AED certification, and oxygen support training.
• Internet access is required in order to complete the book and test portion of this course prior to the class dates.
• Completion of this class does not guarantee employment with the Des Plaines Park District.
• Successful candidates who require a certificate of completion for employment at another agency will be charged an additional $50 after completion of the program.


15 years of age or older before the course begins.
Tread water for 1 minute using legs only.
Swim 100 yards continuously (using front crawl or breast stroke), and retrieve a 10 pound brick from a depth of 12 feet and swim to the side.

Min/Max per class: 6/30
DPPD Staff, Instructors
Questions: Contact Matt Hartnett, Aquatics Manager. 847-391-5700 or via email.

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Lifeguard class fees

A) New candidates: R/NR: $50
B) Returning lifeguards: R/NR: $25

Class Dates & Times

Friday, March 23, 6:00–9:00p, Prairie Lakes (map & directions)
Saturday, March 24, 9:00a–5:00p, Rosemont Pool
Sunday, March 25, 9:00a–5:00p, Rosemont Pool
Codes: A) #467109-5 • B) #467109-6
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Friday, April 20, 6:00–9:00p, Prairie Lakes (map & directions)
Saturday, April 21, 9:00a–5:00p, Rosemont Pool
Sunday, April 22, 9:00a–5:00p, Rosemont Pool
Codes: A) #567109-1 • B) #567109-2
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Friday, May 18, 6:00–9:00p, Prairie Lakes (map & directions)
Saturday, May 19, 9:00a–5:00p, Rosemont Pool
Sunday, May 20, 9:00a–5:00p, Rosemont Pool
Codes: A) #567109-3 • B) #567109-4
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Register online

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