Lifeguard Training

Make a splash and earn some cash... We are seeking immediate lifeguard help at new hiring rates!

Lifeguards: $15.00 - $15.50/hour

Lifeguard/Swim Instructors: $15.75 - $16.25

Head Lifeguards: $16.50 - $17.25

Lifeguards must be at least 15 years of age, and Lifeguard/Swim Instructors and Head Lifeguards must be at least 16 years of age.

If you are interested in joining our Lifeguard team, click on "Jobs" on the left side of your screen and submit your application!


American Red Cross Blended Learning

Lifeguard Training

The blended learning lifeguard training is an accelerated version of our lifeguard training. Candidates must be 15 years of age by the last day of class. Candidates must complete an online portion of training prior to the first day of class, and all pre-requisite swim tests must be completed by the end of the first day of class, or the lifeguard candidate will not be able to continue in the course. We run our classes with the intent to hire successful lifeguard candidates to work at the Brighton Recreation Center and Brighton Oasis upon completion of the course!

We offer two options for lifeguard certification - standard and site-specific.

Both courses are the same curriculum, skills, and standards to pass, but the site-specific certification allows us to certify lifeguards who will work at the Brighton Oasis or the Brighton Recreation Center at no cost! If you opt in to the site-specific certification program and work as a lifeguard for the City of Brighton, there are options to earn your standard certification at reduced cost or free of charge. Call the Aquatics Supervisor at 303-655-2212 with questions about the program.

1. American Red Cross Lifeguarding - Standard - Cost $200

The Standard Certification is a 2-year certification that is the property of the person certified, and is valid at any location that accepts American Red Cross certifications (including the City of Brighton). It will include ARC Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, and Administering Emergency Oxygen.

2. American Red Cross Lifeguarding - Site-Specific - Cost FREE!

The Site-Specific Certification is a 1-year certification that is the property of the issuing agency, in this case - the City of Brighton. Because it is the property of the City of Brighton, it is only valid at City of Brighton operated facilities (Brighton Oasis, Brighton Recreation Center). It is not valid at facilities that are within City of Brighton boundaries but not operated by the City of Brighton. It will include ARC Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, and Administering Emergency Oxygen.

For questions about the lifeguard course or site-specific certification program call Sara Heisdorffer at 303-655-2212.

**Brighton Aquatics offers lifeguard courses with the intent to hire successful candidates. If you are looking for a flexible, positive work environment, apply now!

If you are 14 years old and interested in lifeguarding, consider applying for our Junior Lifeguard Volunteer program at the Oasis! We will give you a season pass to the Oasis, a Red Cross CPR certification and train you on lifeguard rescues, teach you the ropes at the Oasis over the summer, and your volunteer hours can be applied to high school volunteer requirements. If you complete the program of 120 hours, we will hire you as an experienced lifeguard once you are of age and have completed your full Lifeguard certification course.

To apply to the Junior Lifeguard program, please send a simple letter of interest to Taylor at 

Upcoming Lifeguard Trainings

Age Day Dates Time Standard Training Site-Specific
15+ Sat-Mon Feb. 12 - 14 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 312001 - B 312001-BB
15+ Sat-Mon March 19 - 21 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 312001 - C 312001-CC
15+ Thurs-Sat March 24 - 26 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 312001 - D 312001-DD
15+ Sat-Mon April 23 - 25 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 312001 - E 312001-EE
Please call 303-655-2200 to register. Full attendance to all three days is mandatory to complete the class.

Note: Lifeguard Training is a blended learning class. Prior to the first day of classroom work, you must have completed the online learning portion of your training which is about 7 hours of learning. Don't wait until the night before! We won't be able to help you if you run into challenges.

You also must be able to complete the prerequisite skills on the first day to continue. Swim lessons and endurance building are not provided during the Lifeguard Training course and should be addressed before the first day of class. You MUST be able to perform these skills on day one:

  • 300 yard (12 lengths of the lap pool) non-stop swim using freestyle, breaststroke, or a combination of the two
  • Tread water for two minutes with the use of legs only
  • Without the use of goggles - swim 20 yds to the deep end of the pool, retrieve a 10lb brick from water 9ft deep using a surface dive, and swim the brick 20 yds back to the shallow end. While swimming the brick back, both hands must be on the brick.

If you need help prepping for the pre-requisite requirements, please reach out to the Aquatics Supervisor at 303-655-2212 so we can help you get ready for your swim tests! You do not need to have a swim team background to be a successful lifeguard candidate, but you do need to be comfortable in the water in athletically challenging situations. Our dedicated team of lifeguard instructors can help get you there!