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Upcoming Lifeguard Trainings

Lifeguard Training

Interested in working for Boulder as a lifeguard, but don’t have your certification yet? No problem! Here are the steps to “Being a Fun Maker” as a BPR Lifeguard:

  • Apply online
  • We will contact you to schedule a time to complete a swim test.
  • If you pass the swim test, we will enroll you in the lifeguard training, which will be FREE.
  • Complete an online course and the three-day classroom class.
  • You are now a lifesaver!

Lifeguard information + application

Lifeguarding classes are currently being offered to the City of Boulder Applicants Only. Not sure if you’ll pass the swim test? No problem! We still want you as our outdoor pool waterslide attendant. You can keep swimmers safe on the slides and attend monthly on-duty lifeguard training to hone your skills if you want to continue being a lifeguard. You can also transition to other large parks and recreation venues in the future.

A link will be posted here when the position is posted.

Lifeguard Class Description

Receive a blend of online learning with classroom face-to-face learning with hands-on practice as you train to become a lifeguard. Course elements include water and land rescue skills, first aid for sudden injuries and illnesses, management of spinal cord injuries, swimmer and facility surveillance, and CPR/AED and emergency care. This course includes a lifeguard certification from the American Lifeguard Association, which is valid for 2 years. Participants must attend all class dates listed, complete online which takes 7.5 hours. at home, pass written and practical skills to receive certification.

Prerequisites must be completed on the first day to continue the course:

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the last scheduled session of the course
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but backstroke or sidestroke is not permitted. Swimming goggles may be worn.
  • Step on the water for 2 minutes using only your legs. Candidates must place their hands under the armpits or above the head.
  • Complete a Timed Event in 1 minute and 40 seconds:
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face can be in or out of the water. Swimming goggles are not allowed.
  • Surface diving, feet or head first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to starting point with both hands supporting the object and keeping your face at or near the surface to allow breathing. Candidates must not swim the distance underwater. Get out of the water without using a ladder or steps.

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