Lifeguard Class

Training Program

The International Lifeguard Training program offers the most comprehensive lifeguard training program available. Participants will learn the water rescue, CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED), first aid and oxygen administration skills required to be a lifeguard. Potential lifeguards for the Normal Parks and Recreation Department will be selected from these classes.

This lifeguard class is for certification purposes only. Passing this class does not guarantee a position at any aquatic facility.


Participants must be 15 and older and will be required to pass a swimming / skills test on the first day to continue in the class. The swim test includes a continuous 200-yard swim (eight lengths), treading water for two minutes (one minute regular treading, one minute without using their hands) and retrieving a diving brick (approximately 10 pounds) from the deepest part of the pool.

Prior to Class

An online study guide and test must be completed before the first day of class. Each student will receive their online key code at the time of registration. Participants must register a minimum of one week prior to the class to allow time to complete the online course. Registration is only available at the Parks and Recreation Office, located at 100 E. Phoenix Ave.

Employment Notice

The Town of Normal aquatic facilities may not employ 15-year-olds due to changes in the Department of Labor policies, which prohibit 15-year-olds from working at the top of slide towers.