The Crystal Lake Park District takes pride in training and hiring confident, responsible young adults to patrol our beaches and keep our swimmers safe at all times. We offer lifeguard training classes several times per year. This class provides full certification upon course completion.

This class provides entry-level lifeguard candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies, and to provide care for injuries and sudden illness until advanced medical personnel arrive. This is a certification course. Students must be able to swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. Students must also be able to swim and retrieve a brick from the bottom of the deep end and tread water for two minutes. Students will be certified in standard first aid, CPR/AED, and lifeguarding skills through the American Red Cross. ALL classes must be attended for the entire length of time. Completion of the class does NOT guarantee employment with the Crystal Lake Park District. If hired by the Crystal Lake Park District, $150 will be refunded to you provided you meet requirements.

FEE: $250


For information about upcoming Lifeguard Training dates, please contact Stephanie Scott at

340210-02 Jun 3-Jun 7
9 AM-5 PM
Register online
340210-03 Jul 23-Jul 25
9 AM-5:30 PM


Why should your child learn to swim? Swim lessons teach lifesaving skills, calms fears, keeps kids active over the summer months and helps build confidence. Our seven levels of swim lessons guarantee your child is in the proper instructive class. All classes take place at Main Beach.


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Swim Session 1
Jun 10-Jun 20
Info & Online Reg
Swim Session 2 M-TH AM Jun 24-Jul 3
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Swim Session 3 M-TH AM Jul 8-Jul 18 Info & Online Reg
PM Swim Session M & W PM Jun 24-Jul 17
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Infants and toddlers learn to feel comfortable in the water and have fun through games and drills. One parent must be in the water with the swimmer for the entire lesson.

LEVEL 1-tadpoles

Level 1 will help swimmers feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely. Swimmers will fully submerge their faces, blow bubbles, float on front and back with support, kick on front and back with support, alternating arm strokes, and safety skills.

LEVEL 2-minnows

Level 2 will provide swimmers success with fundamental skills. Swimmers will learn to hold their breath and retrieve objects underwater, float on front and back without support, leveling off and turning over, rhythmic breathing, flutter kick, finning, back and front crawl arm stroke, combined strokes, and self-help safety skills.

LEVEL 3-goldfish

Level 3 will build on skills learned in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. Swimmers will become more comfortable in water slightly deeper than their height, front and back glides, coordinated stroke on front with breathing, coordinated stroke on back, elementary backstroke kick, changing directions, treading water, and cold-water safety skills.

LEVEL 4-starfish

Level 4 develops confidence in the strokes learned and is intended to increase the swimmer's endurance by swimming these strokes for longer distances than in Level 3. In Level 4, swimmers will refine elementary backstroke, front and back crawl, and sculling, and be introduced to the breaststroke and sidestroke. Swimmers will also tread water for an extended period of time.

LEVEL 5-stingrays

Level 5 is coordinating and refining key strokes. Students will swim familiar strokes for greater distance than in previous levels, develop the coordinated breaststroke and sidestroke, and are introduced to the butterfly stroke and surface diving.

LEVEL 6-dolphins

Level 6 students will polish all strokes so they can swim with more ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances. Swimmers will develop considerable endurance by the end of class. Surface dives will venture to deeper water.

LEVEL 7-sharks

Level 7 is to perfect all strokes and develop good fitness habits. This level includes many different skills and options, such as swimming for recreation, conditioning, and competitively.

2024 Private SWIM LESSONS

Looking for a more individualized approach? We offer private swim lessons for participants 3 years to adult. Private lessons incorporate the same swimming skill development as our group lessons with exclusive one on one instruction directed towards the swimmer's individual needs. Private lessons consist of eight 30 minute lessons. Our experienced staff will teach you the skills necessary to become a confident and strong swimmer.

*Private lessons are 1-on-1. Private lessons not available for 2 or more.

Fee: $130 res/$156 non-res

Private Swim Option 1 M-TH 9-9:30 AM Jun 12-Jun 22 Info & Online Reg
Private Swim Option 2 M-TH 9:30-10 AM Jun 12-Jun 22 Info & Online Reg
Private Swim Option 3 M-F 9-9:30 AM Jun 26-Jul 7* (no class 7/4) Info & Online Reg
Private Swim Option 4 M-F 9:30-10 AM Jun 26-Jul 7* (no class 7/4) Info & Online Reg
Private Swim Option 5 M-TH 9-9:30 AM Jul 10-Jul 20 Info & Online Reg
Private Swim Option 6 M-TH 9:30-10 AM Jul 10-Jul 20 Info & Online Reg
Private Swim Option 7
M-TH 9-9:30 AM
Jul 24-Aug 3
Info & Online Reg
Private Swim Option 8
M-TH 9:30-10 AM
Jul 24-Aug 3 Info & Online Reg
Private Swim Option 9 M-TH 10-10:30 AM Jul 24-Aug 3 Info & Online Reg
Private Swim Option 10 M-TH 10:30-11 AM Jul 24-Aug 3 Info & Online Reg