Des Plaines Park District

Lifeguard Training

Pool & Waterpark
Lifeguard Training Course

For ages 15+

Prepare for a job that is both challenging and rewarding!

This comprehensive course includes an online class, water safety and rescue techniques, CPR/First Aid/AED certification, and oxygen support training.
Questions? Contact the Aquatic Manager at
You can start the application process online HERE.
Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center Map and Directions


• 15 years of age or older.
• Tread water for 3 minutes using only your legs.
• Swim 300 yards continuously, using front crawl or breaststroke.
• Retrieve a 10-lb brick from a depth of 7 feet and swim to the side. NOTE: Summer training in an outdoor pool dive well, will require retrieving a 10lb brick from a depth of 12 feet and swimming to the side.

Lifeguard Classes

All training sessions are held at the Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center, in the Party Room and Lap Pool.
Internet access is required to complete the book and test portion of this course before the class.

Lifeguard class fees

A) New candidates: R/NR: FREE but still need to register!
B) Returning lifeguards: R/NR: FREE but still need to register!

Lifeguard Training Class Dates: 2024

Friday, February 23, 6:00p-9:00p
Saturday, February 24, 9:00a-5:00p
Sunday, February 25, 9:00a- 5:00p

Friday, March 22, 6:00p-9:00p
Saturday, March 23, 9:00a-5:00p
Sunday, March 24, 9:00a- 5:00p

Friday, April 26, 6:00p-9:00p
Saturday, April 27, 9:00a-5:00p
Sunday, April 28, 9:00a- 5:00p

Friday, May 17, 6:00p-9:00p
Saturday, May 18, 9:00a-5:00p
Sunday, May 19, 9:00a- 5:00p

Tuesday, June 4, 6:00p-9:00p
Wednesday, June 5, 9:00a-5:00p
Thursday, June 6, 9:00a- 5:00p

Monday, June 24, 6:00p-9:00p
Tuesday, June 25, 9:00a-5:00p
Wednesday, June 26, 9:00a- 5:00p

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Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711