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Lifeguard Explorers is your pathway to becoming a Chicago Park District lifeguard. 

The Chicago Park District is committed to identifying and training swimmers from around the city. In this new Lifeguard Explorers program, we will teach the required skills and provide supervised practice time needed to successfully pass the Lifeguard Skills Test. Passing the Lifeguard Skill test is a requirement to become a Chicago Park District Lifeguard.


  • Learn the skills needed to pass the Lifeguard Skills Test
  • Swimming practice time included in each class
  • Paid training - receive $475 upon completion of the program
  • Open to Chicago residents age 15-22

Class Details


  • Format
    • 15-minute warm-up
    • 60-minute swim
    • 30-minute lifeguard skills training
    • 15-minute closing 


We want you to be a Chicago Park District lifeguard next summer! Be prepared to make that happen by signing up for the Lifeguard Explorers training program today.

Learn more about the lifeguard position & the application process:



For questions about the Lifeguard Explorers program call the Chicago Park District Aquatics Division at (312) 742-7801.