Des Plaines Park District

Lifeguard Training Course

Lifeguard training at Mystic Waters

National Pool & Waterpark Lifeguard Training Course

Ages 15+

Get ready for summer by preparing for a job that is both challenging and rewarding! At the completion of this course, successful lifeguard candidates are eligible to be fully licensed through the popular Jeff Ellis and Associates, Inc. Program. This is the nationally-recognized program used to train our award-winning park district staff. (Visit Course includes water safety and rescue techniques, CPR, First Aid, AED certification, and oxygen support training. Internet access is required to complete the book and test portion of this course prior to the class dates.
Please note: Completion of this class does not guaranteed employment with the DPPD.

For more information about becoming a lifeguard, call Aquatics Manager Matt Hartnett: 847-391-5700, or email


15 years of age or older by June 1, 2019
• Tread water for 1 minute using legs only.
• Swim 100 yards continuously, using front crawl or breast stroke.
• Retrieve a 10 lb brick from a depth of 12 feet, and swim to the side.

Lifeguard class fees

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

Lifeguard classes available Spring 2019