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Lifeguard training

15 years or older


Are you interested in becoming a lifeguard or developing new job skills? The Jim Parsley Community Center offers International Lifeguard Training to persons 15 years of age and older. If you want to be a lifeguard, enroll in this class today.

Please note: Upon successful completion of this course, if you are interested in employment with Vancouver Public Schools, a back ground investigation and fingerprinting is required (fee is $82.00, at the applicant’s expense).

Shallow Water Certification Class

An international renowned, hands-on lifeguard course that is highly interactive and physically enduring. The course is a comprehensive training program that promotes objective driven and performance based training for individuals wishing to obtain a new ILTP™ certification for shallow water, pool, special facilities, and/or open water, in various water depths ranging from less than 5` feet of water up to any depth and/or open water. Our International Lifeguard Training Program courses (ILTP™) are designed and intended to be delivered as part of an integrated curriculum that includes water rescue techniques, First Aid, Health Care Provider CPR, Emergency Oxygen Support, and Automated External Defibrillation as a first responder.  This course requires students to perform each concept taught in the course, through student demonstrations of all skills concepts and skills instructed.  Students will participate in lifeguarding roles throughout the class and are expected to perform lifeguard duties as first responders.  Students will perform on deck and in water simulations, drills and exercises for rescue techniques as an individual and in team scenarios as part of multiple rescuers drills.  The ILTP Lifeguard course materials are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai and simplified Chinese languages.  Students that successfully complete the ILTP Lifeguard course obtain an ILTP certificate that is valid for one (1) year. Annual renewal is required.

Shallow water certification February 2010 class

February 28–March 1, 2020
Registration deadline is February 23, 2020


Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

First day of class will be held at the Jim Parsley Community Center.

Classes will be held at both the Jim Parsley Community Center, Propstra Aquatic Center and Kennedy Fitness Center. Please call 360-313-4953 with questions.

Cost $200 or see fee waiver

If using the waiver, please print and bring in the waiver on the first day class.


360-313-1060 OR

Aquatics jobs

Vancouver Public Schools is now hiring lifeguards and other aquatics positions. Certification is required and applicants must be 16 years or older to hired at Vancouver Public Schools. To apply, or for more information about these jobs, call 360-313-4953.

CPR and AED certification


14 years or older

This course is designed to help you recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR and use an AED. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certification card.