To be eligible to enter the Chicago Park District Lifeguard Training Academy and to be hired, LIFEGUARD APPLICANTS MUST PASS THE SWIM TEST, which has the following requirements:

  • 200-yard swim against time.  No backstroke allowed.  Slowest passing time = 3 min. 30 sec.
  • 25-yard underwater swim.
  • Retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool in 14 feet of water from a surface dive.
  • Break the front and rear strangle hold in life saving.
  • Cross chest carry a subject for 25 yards.

Candidates may be required to take a vision test.
All candidates must have satisfactory hearing and speaking skills.

 



2016 Swim Test Dates


Applicants should report at 9 a.m. for the testing. Once the doors close no one will be admitted into the test.
Only applicants will be allowed inside the building.
Applicants must attend the swim test they signed up to attend (when they applied for the lifeguard position online). They will not be permitted in at other tests.
 

In order to be admitted to the swim test, the following is required:

  • Identification with a photograph such as:
    Illinois Driver’s License OR an Illinois State I.D. Card

    AND
     
  • One of the following:
    Social Security Card, U.S. Passport, OR U.S. Birth Certificate
     

 

No one is guaranteed employment simply because he or she has passed the lifeguard swim test.


If you have questions, please contact the Chicago Park District Aquatics office at 773.363.2225.