Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Classes

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class

Interested in a flexible job or a challenging career as a professional lifeguard? Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard. Successful completion results in a 2-year certification in Lifeguarding that includes first aid, professional-level CPR and AED in one certificate. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age before the scheduled session. Males must wear boxer style swimming suit and females must wear a one piece swimming suit and have their hair tied back or in a swimming cap.

Pre-Requisites, Fees and Registration:

  • 300 yard swim using breaststroke and front crawl (not timed)
  • Swim 20 yards, surface dive and retrieve an object from the deep end.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes without using arms.
  • If the candidate is not able to pass the swim test required by the Red Cross they will receive the $200 refund, but the $35 to the Red Cross is non-refundable.

Fees and Registration:

  • Cost $200 (March/April class) $215 (June class) Register online or in person at the Park District Office and the BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center
  • There will be an additional $35 online fee paid directly to the Red Cross for online learning materials. (non-refundable)
  • All Class times and dates are MANDATORY
  • Participants will receive instructions via e-mail for the Red Cross online learning after they register for the class. The online material must be fully completed before the first day of class.
Dates Code
 June 2-4: 9am – 5pm each day Session Full
June 5-8: 12:30 – 6:30pm each day 10382




For information on how to apply for Lifeguard position, please visit our Jobs Page.