The New Lifeguard Training Academy will be held on five (5) consecutive days, which includes a final testing date. Only those applicants who pass the qualifying lifeguard swim test will be admitted. Registration for the New Lifeguard Academy will be taken on the testing days listed below. Attendance of all 5 days within a session is highly recommended.

Academy Dates Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday (Testing Day)
Academy #1 April 19 - 23, 2016 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Washington Park Refectory 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Washington Park Refectory 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Whitney Young HS 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Washington Park Refectory 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Washington Park Refectory
Academy #2 May 17 - 21, 2016 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Rainbow Beach Park 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Rainbow Beach Park 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Whitney Young HS 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Rainbow Beach Park 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Rainbow Beach Park
Academy #3 May 24 - 28, 2016 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Margate Park 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Margate Park 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Stanton Park 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Margate Park 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Margate Park

Locations & Addresses

What to Wear and Bring:

New Lifeguard Academy is a comprehensive training program that will include a basic fitness component. Workout clothes are required for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and a swimsuit is required on Thursday. An American Red Cross Lifeguarding Book (r.12) is recommended, and a CPR Pocket Mask is required for all training days.

Participants will be evaluated throughout the Academy and will be ranked based on attendance and punctuality, participation, and proficiency in American Red Cross and Chicago Park District lifesaving skills. Candidates who successfully complete the Academy will be hired and assigned based on their ranking until all positions are filled. Completion of the Academy does not guarantee employment.
 

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