Calling Strong Swimmers to Safeguard Chicago's Beaches and Pools as Lifeguards This Summer


If you are physically fit, a confident swimmer, and a people person who would enjoy having the pool or lake as your office view, you might be a good candidate for a lifeguard.

The Chicago Park District is looking for 800 qualified applicants to fill summer lifeguard positions at Chicago’s beaches and pools from June 13-Sept. 1 at an hourly rate of $13.38.

“The Chicago Park District ensures that trained lifeguards are on site at our beaches and pools to keep facilities safe this summer,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly.

Following are the steps in the new lifeguard application process:

1. Take an American Red Cross (or equivalent) lifeguard class. 
Completion of this class is required to be considered for a lifeguard position.

2. Apply online for the seasonal lifeguard position.
Choose a swim test date when applying.  Applications are due April 24, 2014.

3. Take the lifeguard swim test.
Potential candidates must pass all portions of the swim test to be considered for a lifeguard position.  Results will be provided on site at completion of the test.  A swim test must be completed to be eligible to enroll in the Chicago Park District’s lifeguard training academy. 

4. Complete the pre-employment processing that includes a drug screening test plus fingerprinting for all applicants ages 17 and older.

5. Pass the new lifeguard academy.
View the New Guard Academy dates and times.  Registration for the academy takes place at the lifeguard swim test.
Candidates who complete the academy will get an interview for a lifeguard position. 

6. Attend the New Lifeguard Academy Closing Ceremony.
New lifeguard applicants will receive an interview appointment at this time.  Appointments are assigned based on how candidates ranked on their swim times, water skills and material covered in the lifeguard academy.

7.  Attend the Interview.
At the completion of the interview, viable candidates will be offered a position based on availability.  More than 90% of those who complete the training are offered jobs.

The process for returning lifeguards varies slightly.  Click here for more information.

Applications are available online. Applicants must be residents of the City of Chicago and must be 16 years old by July 1, 2014.  Financial assistance is available for the Lifeguard Training Class. 

For questions regarding the application process, call the Chicago Park District at (312) 742-5121.


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