Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Training

Being a lifeguard or swim instructor is a great part-time job! 

Are you a swim instructor? Do you want to be one? Contact us to learn more about making money teaching adult, teen, or youth swim lessons. 

Get paid to do what you enjoy with other water-loving friendly staff.

Being a lifeguard or swim instructor is a great part-time job! Work with other water-loving friendly staff and get paid to do what you love! 

Lifeguard training's are held year round. We are always hiring lifeguards! Some training may be offered at a low or discounted rate if you are going to work for Lafayette Recreation.

Are you a swim instructor or do you want to be one? Contact us to learn more about how to make money teaching adult, teen or youth swim lessons. 

Become a Lafayette Lifeguard in Five Easy Steps!

Step 1: Submit an Application.

Apply here to become a Lafayette Lifeguard

Step 2: Complete the Online Lifeguarding Course

Because we understand everyone can be extremely busy with school, sports, and personal lives, and we genuinely value your time, we have moved to a hybrid lifeguarding course. Complete the online training in the comfort of your own home on your schedule. (Approximately seven hours)

Step 3: Interview/Lifeguard Training Course

Non-certified applicants will be enrolled in the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Program for FREE after passing a mandatory swim test. Upon successful completion, applicants will receive the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, and certified applicants will be brought in for an interview. 

The following skills are required to pass the swimming test:

  • Swim 300 yards (12 laps) continuously. Swim freestyle or breaststroke only. Goggles are allowed for this portion.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only your legs.
  • Complete a timed brick retrieval within one minute and 40 seconds. Goggles are not allowed.
    1. Starting in shallow water, swim 20 yards toward the pool's deep end.
    2. Surface dive, feet- or head-first, to a depth of seven to ten feet to retrieve a brick.
    3. Return to the surface, then swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point. Both hands must remain on the brick.
    4. Place the brick on the pool deck, then exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

To review the required skills, view this YouTube video

Step 4: Complete Two In-Person Class Sessions

Practice all the skills you’ve learned in the online course. After completing Step 3: Interview/Lifeguard Training Course, you will be asked to pick one of the classes below. All classes will be held at the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center.

Class Option One
 Feb. 11-12 | 8am-6pm 
Class Option Three
April 15-16 | 8am-6pm 
Class Option Two
March 27-31 | 8am-noon
Class Option Four
May 6-7 | 8am-6pm 
Class Option Five
May 8-12 | 4:15-8:15pm
Class Option Six
May 13-14 | 8am-6pm 

Step 5: Complete Your Hiring Paperwork

The final step is a simple task, complete your hiring paperwork and attend orientation. Once this task is complete, you can begin working as a Certified Lifeguard!


For Lifeguarding and Lifeguard Classes, please contact Tim Ready, Aquatic Supervisor, at 303-600-8582 or email Tim.

To become a Swim Instructor, please contact Melanie Aleman, Aquatic Coordinator, at 303-604-3533 or email Melanie