Lifeguarding

LifeguardingDurham Aquatics School (DAS)

DAS offers free lifeguard certification training to area teens, ages 16-19, to prepare them for summer jobs.

Students who successfully complete the DAS courses will be actively recruited to apply for lifeguard jobs at DPR's indoor and outdoor pools. 

Space is limited, apply early! Interested participants must complete a Durham Aquatic School Application.

To qualify for DAS:
  • Participants must be 16-19 years old and currently enrolled in high school.
  • They must also be able to pass the prerequisite swim test (see Lifeguard Training Prerequisites)
For a current list of courses, pick up a copy of the Play More Guide at any facility, the administration office or view online.

Lifeguard Training

DPR offers Lifeguard Training courses throughout the year. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be certified as American Red Cross Lifeguards. The course also includes CPR/AED and First Aid training. The course fee includes a textbook and a pocket mask. 

Lifeguard Training Prerequisites: 
  • Participants must be at least 15 years of age. 
  • They must be able to swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. This may be performed using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. 
  • Participants must be able to tread water for two minutes using only the legs. 
  • Participants must be able to swim 20 yards, retrieve a ten-pound object from a depth of seven feet, return to the starting point, and exit the pool within one minute and 40 seconds. Both hands must be holding the object with the face at or near the surface.
For a current list of courses, pick up a copy of the Play More Guide at any facility, the administration office or view online.

Lifeguard Training Instructor

DPR offers Lifeguard Training Instructor courses throughout the year. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be certified to teach American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and its components. The course fee includes a Lifeguard Training Participant Manual and a Lifeguard Training Instructor Manual.

Lifeguard Training Instructor Prerequisites: 
  • Participants must be at least 17 years of age.
  • They must have a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, or an equivalent certificate from another organization.
  • They must successfully complete the Red Cross online session for the course (information will be given to participants after registration).
  • Participants must also successfully complete a pre-course session which tests swimming and rescue skills.
  • Participants must also possess a pocket mask (masks can be purchased if needed).
For a current list of courses, pick up a copy of the Play More Guide at any facility, the administration office or view online.

Water Safety Instructor

DPR offers Water Safety Instructor courses throughout the year. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be certified to teach a variety of American Red Cross water safety programs, including all levels of the "Learn-to-Swim" program.

Water Safety Instructor Prerequisites:
  • Participants must be at least 16 years old
  • Must pass a swimming pre-test consisting of 25 yards front crawl, 25 yards back crawl, 25 yards breaststroke, 25 yards elementary backstroke, 25 yards sidestroke, 15 yards butterfly, back float for one minute, tread water for one minute
  • They must successfully complete the Red Cross online session for the course (information will be emailed to participants after registration). 
For a current list of courses, pick up a copy of the Play More Guide at any facility, the administration office or view online.