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Train to be a lifeguard and get reimbursed for some certification courses.

Lifeguard Pipeline

Lifeguard Pipeline Program

Cascade Bay offers a tuition reimbursement program for American Red Cross Lifeguard (LG) and Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) certification training and review courses through our Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) award-winning Lifeguard Pipeline Program. The program is available to participants who meet our employment requirements, offers 75% tuition reimbursement for LG certification courses, 50% tuition reimbursement for LGI certification courses, and review courses taken through Cascade Bay.

New for 2023: Participants who take their certification/review course(s) through another American Red Cross program are eligible for up to 50% the course tuition with a maximum reimbursement of $100 per course. No reimbursement for any courses costing less than $80. All Cascade Bay Lifeguard Pipeline participants must meet the employment requirements outlined below to receive a tuition reimbursement.

  • Lifeguard Certification: $225 before reimbursement/$60 actual cost after reimbursement if employment requirements are met.
  • Lifeguard Instructor Certification: $200 before reimbursement/$100 actual after reimbursement if employment requirements are met (LGI Certification also includes Lifeguard certification renewal).
  • Lifeguard Review Course: $80/$40 actual after reimbursement if employment requirements are met
  • LGI Review Course: $120/$60 actual after reimbursement if employment requirements are met (LGI Re-Certification also includes Lifeguard certification renewal)
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard/LGI Certification/Review Courses from another ARC Facility: Up to 50% tuition reimbursement with a maximum reimbursement of $100 if Cascade Bay employment requirements are met (reimbursement does not apply to courses costing less than $80).

Pipeline Employment Requirements

  • Successfully pass the ARC certification course (LG, LGI or LG/LGI Review)
  • Complete application and hiring process for employment and are hired by City of Eagan to work at Cascade Bay Waterpark
  • Work a minimum of 200 hours over the course of the 2023 summer season at Cascade Bay Waterpark
  • Reimbursements are sent out mid-September for employees who meet the requirements
  • Early termination or disciplinary action may make an employee ineligible for tuition reimbursement

American Red Cross Lifeguard Skills Prerequisites

  • Tested at the start of the LG class
  • Complete a timed skill sequence including a 20 yard swim, retrieval of a 10 lb. object from 7 ft. deep, swim 20 yard carrying the object, and exit the water within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only
  • 300 yard endurance swim using front crawl and breaststroke


No classes are offered at this time.

If you are interested in taking a future Lifeguard Training course or if you have questions, contact the Aquatic Operations Supervisor via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (651) 675-5528.