Dive in, become a Lifeguard at Foothills!

Thank you for your interest in Lifeguarding and employment
with Foothills Park & Recreation District.

Here are the details about what it takes to become a Lifeguard with us.

We offer flexible schedules with morning, daytime, evening and weekend hours available. Competitive pay rates offered, see open job positions for details. We provide free facility use of our recreation centers and discounted rates on Masters Swim program, classes and golf. In addition we offer college scholarship opportunities, and room for advancement in managerial positions.

  • Looking to get certified?  We offer American Red Cross Lifeguarding Courses. Fill out the form near the bottom of the page if you’d like more information about becoming a Lifeguard.
  • Looking to get certified AND join our team? Submit an application online – use the “Ready to Apply” button below to get started.
  • If you are currently certified, submit an application online – use the “Ready to Apply” button below to get started.

Minimum Age and Skills Required: Must be 15 years old by the last day of the lifeguard course you attend.  Must be a strong swimmer.

Lifeguarding Course: Approximately 6 hours online learning, plus 24 hours in-person.

  • Training does not provide conditioning or swim instruction, only Lifeguarding skills, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.

Pre-screening Skills Assessment: Distribution of online learning is contingent upon lifeguard candidates proficiently demonstrating the following pre-screening skills prior to the first day of class. The pre-screen is completed by appointment or during the interview process.

  • Complete a swim-tread-swim sequence without stopping to rest:
    • Jump into the water from the side, totally submerge, recover to the surface and then swim 150 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. (Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. Swim goggles are allowed.)
    • Maintain position at the surface of the water for 2 minutes by treading water using only the legs.
    • Swim 50 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. (The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.)
    • Surface dive (feet-first or head-first) to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, holding the object at the surface with both hands and keeping the face out at or near the surface.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

If you would like more information about our upcoming Lifeguarding Course, please fill out the form below.

You’ll be contacted by a staff member shortly.

  • Most courses will be offered:
    - Evenings during weekdays
    - Full day (8 hours) during weekend days
    - Or a mix of select evening weekdays and full day weekends

Terms & Conditions for opting-in to Foothills Park & Recreation District Aquatics text messaging:

  • The SMS messaging that Foothills Park & Recreation Aquatics sends are: responding to inquiries to become an Aquatics employee, to provide information to current employees, to respond to individuals who have applied for a position, to provide information to registrants in lifeguard classes and to former employees who may be interested in returning for seasonal work.
  • Text messaging and data rates may apply.
  • Message frequency varies.
  • Foothills Park & Recreation District will not share information in these texts with any other organization.
  • To opt-out from Foothills Park & Recreation District Aquatics SMS messaging reply STOP.
  • All SMS Messages will occur between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. mountain time.