Lifeguard Class

The International Lifeguard Training program offers the most comprehensive lifeguard training program available! Participants will learn the water rescue, CPR/AED, First Aid and Oxygen administration skills required to be a lifeguard. Potential lifeguards for the Town of Normal Parks and Recreation Department will be selected from these classes (not guaranteed). FLYER (PDF)

NOTE: This lifeguard class is for certification purposes only. Passing this class DOES NOT guarantee a position at any aquatic facility.


Participants must be 15 or older at the time of the class and will be required to pass a swimming/skills test on the first day to continue in the class. Swim test includes:

  • Continuous 200-yard swim (8 lengths)
  • Treading water for 2 minutes (one minute regular treading, one minute without using their hands)
  • Retrieving a diving brick (approximately 10 pounds) from the deepest part of the pool

An online study guide and test must be completed prior to the first day of class. Each student will receive their online key code at hte time of registration.

Participants must register a minimum of one week prior to class to allow time to complete the online course. Registration is only available at hte Parks and Recreation Office, 100 E. Phoenix Ave.


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

Jr. Lifeguard Program

This program was developed to give participants ages 13-15 the opportunity to learn the basic skills that will be required when pursuing a Jeff Ellis and Associates lifeguard license. Skills learned in the class will prepare each student for the responsibilities faced while being a lifeguard. Each participant will learn water safety and rescue protocol as well as First Aid and CPR/AED skills.

Some students, who complete all of the Jr. Lifeguard program, will be selected to volunteer at the Normal Parks and Recreation Aquatic Facilities. This course does not provide a certification of any type but does give students valuable experience toward future employment. FLYER (PDF)