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Become a DPR Lifeguard!

DPR uses the International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP) to train and certified lifeguards to work at both indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities across the District. Click here to register for an upcoming course.

The ILTP is an objective driven program that produces lifeguards that perform at a higher level than those of other national/international training agencies.  It is a unique, comprehensive lifeguard training program; the content includes Health Care Provider level CPR (one and two person CPR, AR, Foreign Body Airway Obstruction, and AED training), Emergency Oxygen Administration training, and First Aid, along with state-of–the-art rescue techniques.  The comprehensive nature of the program allows for a complete training curriculum that prepares the lifeguard with one, single course, the continuity of which produces competence and confidence.  Lifeguard candidates must successfully pass written and practical (“hands-on”) tests in order to receive an ILTP Course Completion Certificate that can be used to gain employment at any aquatic facility in the world. Adequate instruction time is provided for students to meet the training objectives and achieve “test ready” competency.

Candidates will receive additional health and safety guidelines once registered for a course. These updates include personal protective equipment (PPE) mandates, equipment preparation, and in-person training guidelines. All candidates must pass the prerequisites screening on the first day of class which includes the following:

* 100-yard swim (continuous using an approach stroke, freestyle or breaststroke)

* Retrieve a 10-pound dive brick from the deepest part of the training facility

* Tread water without the use of your hards for 1 minute

* Exit the pool unassisted and without the use of steps or a ladder

DPR offers ILTP courses between December and June at multiple facilities across the District.  Candidates must successfully pass the written exam with a minimum score of 80%, demonstrate skill competency to the instructor during practical scenarios, attend all scheduled class sessions and maintain a professional attitude at all times. 


Courses are free for those who intend to work for DPR. If you do not intend on working with DPR, the course is $250.

To register for lifeguard classes, click here.

For additional information on the International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP), visit 

Employment as a DPR Lifeguard

All lifeguards employed at DPR must maintain a valid ILTP certification. Passing the ILTP course DOES NOT guarantee employment with DPR. This credential is non-transferable. Those seeking employment separate from DPR should seek alternative courses. Lifeguards are expected to maintain their skills at a “test-ready” level at all times and are subject to unannounced aquatic safety audits. Please note that DPR lifeguards are in a “safety-sensitive” position and are subject to suitability screening.

For questions concerning lifeguard training, please contact Sally Henley at [email protected].