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.


2018 Swim Test Dates

  • March 24, 2018
  • April 14, 2018 
  • May 5, 2018
  • May 19, 2018

All tests take place at Whitney Young HS210 S. Loomis, Chicago, 60607

Applicants will report at 9 am for the testing. Applicants will wait in line outside. Dress appropriately for the weather. 

Only applicants will be allowed inside the building.  Once the doors close no one will be admitted into the test.

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

  • One of the following:
    Social Security Card, OR
    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.