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
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 prior to 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: 2023

Friday, August 25, 6:00–9:00p
Saturday, August 26, 9:00a-5:00p
Sunday, August 27, 9:00a-5:00p
Codes: A) #167109-5     B) #167109-6


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