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Lifeguard Certification Courses

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Want to have a splash at the pool this summer while earning some extra money and gaining valuable work experience?

Individuals interested in becoming a lifeguard at one of the City of Fort Worth’s aquatic facilities are asked to undergo tryouts beginning in early February, before completing the American Red Cross lifeguard certification course. Class participants must be 15 or older to take the class, and must be 16 or older to work for the City of Fort Worth.

Participants must pass a swimming pre-test to qualify for the class. This pre-test will consist of:

  • A 300 meter swim (front crawl or breast stroke)
  • Treading water for two minutes, without using hands
  • A timed brick retrieval from a depth of 10 feet


All classes and tryouts will be held at the Texas Wesleyan University indoor pool, located in the Sid Richardson Building at 1101 Collard St., on the following dates:

  • Noon Saturday, Nov. 23
  • Noon Saturday, Nov. 30
  • Noon Saturday, Dec. 14
  • Noon Saturday, Dec. 21
  • Noon Saturday, Jan. 18
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25
  • 5 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4


Classes will be held on weekends from 6-10 p.m. Friday, and from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A complete class schedule will be provided upon completion of the pre-test. Participants must attend all assigned classes. (No make-ups.)

Note: The cost of the class/certification itself is $150.

For more information, contact the City of Fort Worth Aquatics division at 817-392-7691.

Pool Rules

The following Pool Rules and Regulations are in effect at all municipal aquatic facilities. Enforcement of these rules are up to the discretion of the pool staff.

Pool Rentals

Forest Park Pool and Marine Park Aquatic Center are available for rental from 7-9 p.m., on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. (No rentals on holiday weekends, Monday-Thursday or days when the pool is closed.)

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