Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Training

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 enjoy. 

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

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: Interview/Swim Test Practice

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.

The following skills are required to pass the swimming test:

  • Swim 300 yards (six laps) continuously, with breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may not swim on your side or back and goggles are allowed.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only your legs.
  • Complete a timed event within one minute 40 seconds. Goggles are not allowed.
    1. Starting in the 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 ten-pound object.
    3. Return to the surface, then swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point. Both hands must remain on the object.
    4. Place the object on the pool deck, then exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

To review the required skills, view this YouTube video

Step 3: 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 4: Complete Two In-Person Class Sessions

Practice all the skills you’ve learned in the online course. After completing Step 2: Interview/Swim Test Practice, you will be asked to pick one of the classes below. All classes will be held at the Bob Burger Recreation Center and run from 8am-5pm on the following Saturdays and Sundays. (Approximately 16 hours).

Class Option One
 Feb. 19-20 
Class Option Three
March 12-13 
Class Option Five
April 2-3 
Class Option Two
Feb. 26-27 
Class Option Four
March 26-27 
Class Option Six
April 23-24 


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 $15 an hour!

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Have questions or need more information?

Contact Morgan Skalla, Aquatics Supervisor, at 303-661-1462 or email Morgan.