Life Saving Training & Programs

Safe Sitter Classes

Learn the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to be a safe babysitter, care for younger siblings, and stay home alone. Classes are two days and participants must attend all class sessions. Safe Sitter classes are for students in grades 6-8.

Pricing for Rivi members is $50 to take the class and $65 for guests of Rivi.
Classes require a minimum of 4 students to run and can take a maximum of 8 students.

Safe Sitter Classes 2021:

Friday 5:00-9:00p & Saturday 1:00-5:00p (must attend both days)

October: 8-9 (FULL)

November 12-13 (FULL)

December: 10-11

*If a student becomes ill or has any signs of illness within 24 hours prior to the class (cough, runny nose, fever or other symptoms), they should not attend class and reschedule the training.

For Safe Sitter Sessions Available call the Front Desk at 317.255.5471

Aquatic Life Saving Classes

At the Riviera Club, we believe safety is paramount in all we do.  Water safety is a necessary life skill and should be taught to everyone. In the United States, the second leading cause of accidental death between ages 1 and 14 is drowning. Worldwide drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental death for all ages. The Riviera Club has a long tradition of building strong swimmers beginning with the lessons program for children and continuing through to adult aquatic classes. Aquatic Director and Head Swim Coach, Therese Love, encourages parents to enroll their children in swim lessons year-round and for more than one season. Safe water skills are only developed when nurtured and maintained over a period of a few years or more. It takes practice to really learn how to swim and become safe in the water.

Among the aquatic programs offered at the Club are swim lessons for adults and children, swimnastics, Stroke Masters for adults, aqua boxing, and life guard training and re-certification.

For Current Lifeguard Training & Re-certification Information call the Front Desk  317.255.5471

Lifeguard Training

Full training and certification includes:
Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, and BBP. Participants must complete approximately 8-10 hours of online material prior to attending all class sessions.
For certification, participants must pass all written tests with a minimum score of 80% and successfully pass all skills.
Minimum Age: 15 ∫ Fee: $200 Member $260 Guest

2021 Class Dates
Friday 5:00-9:00p, Saturday 9:00a-6:00p, & Sunday 10:00a-5:00p
(must attend all 3 days)
Currently no dates available

Lifeguard Re-certification/Review

Participants must complete approximately 8-10 hours of online material prior to attending the classroom portion. Upon successful completion of
both online and classroom material, participants receive certification in Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, and BBP.

Must have valid Lifeguard certification.

Fee: $85 Member $105 Guest

2021 Class Dates:

Sundays 10:00a-5:00p

Currently no dates available

contact Kevin Haltom,

contact Therese Love,

The Riviera Club is currently accepting applications for the following positions:


Summer Beach Stand Staff

The Riviera Club is looking to hire summer staff for our Beach Stand this year. This person must have strong customer service skills, willing to work with other, outgoing and be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time. Food service experience is a plus. Click here for full job description.  Please send your resume to

Part or Full Time Line Cook

The Riviera Club is looking for a part time line cook for our new lunch and breakfast service. The hours we are looking to fill would be 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday and 6am-12pm on Saturday. Extra hours on the weekend might be needed depending on event schedule.  Click here for full job description. Please send your resume to

Bartender Staff

The Riviera Club is looking to hire Bartender staff for our summer season along with our new and upcoming food services. Hours will vary. This person must have strong customer service skills, willing to work with other, mixology experience, organizational skills, outgoing and be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time. Alcohol server’s license is required. Click here for full job description. Please send your resume to

Maintenance Department

The Riviera Club is looking to hire both Full and Part-Time help with competitive hourly wages. The right person has some experience in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and mechanics.  Please send your resume to our Facilities Manager using email

Weekend Janitorial/Custodian

We are looking for weekend help to keep our facility looking beautiful. Part time and Full time positions available. Please click here to apply

Front Desk Attendant

The Member Services Desk Attendant is the first impression of the Riviera Club, greeting members and visitors. This position also is tasked with being an “information point person” of all happenings at the Club. If you enjoy working with people and are up for fun challenges in an upbeat environment please send your resume and completed application to

See full Job Description here.

Seasonal Lifeguards

We are always looking for great Lifeguards throughout the outdoor pool season. Applicants must be certified lifeguards with current lifesaving certifications. Rivi offers lifeguarding and recertification classes. Be sure to check our schedule. Pool hours are 5:30am – 9:00pm. Make your own schedule! Send your resume and completed application to Thank you.

Riviera Swim Instructors

The Riviera Club is now hiring certified water aerobics instructors. Qualified candidates should contact

All applicants must be at least 15 years of age and must be willing to undergo a criminal background check. The Riviera Club is a drug-free workplace. Drug testing may be required for any employee. Any applicant who tests positive for controlled substances may not be hired.

The Riviera Club, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, veteran status, sex, gender identity, disability or age. The Riviera Club is dedicated to equal employment opportunities and will accept applications, hire qualified applicants, administer all terms of employment, and make available all benefits of employment and compensation of employees without regard to an employee’s protected status under the law.

The Riviera Club: Great Families, Great Place, Great Life.

The Riviera Club is a quality, family-oriented, private, social and recreational club dedicated to maintaining a safe, wholesome, and friendly environment.

The Riviera Club (“Rivi”) was founded and incorporated on January 12, 1933 by esteemed Indianapolis businessman Mr. James H. Makin.  Mr. Makin started the Club’s charter membership with pure social networking.  He met with 10 friends at the nearby Butler University Campus Club and asked them each to bring 10 friends and request that each of their 10 friends do the same, and so the trend began.  His goal was to meet the magic number 1,000 Members he needed.

The early 1930s were a trying period economically. This was mainly because of  the bank crisis and the Great Depression.  Therefore, many of the ten friends and their ten friends were unable to meet their pledge.  Mrs. Makin saved the Club, by putting up her life savings of $10,000, and became a full partner in the founding of the Riviera Club.

The groundbreaking took place on April 1, 1933.  The building of the Clubhouse structure only took 48 days but flooding of the White River collapsed the forms for the walls of the big pool. Fortunately, the pool did open on June 9, 1933 with Governor Paul V. McNutt and Indianapolis Mayor Reginald H. Sullivan in attendance.  The purpose of the Club was broader than most private clubs as it was to provide social and recreational facilities, which could be enjoyed by all family members regardless of age.  The club started with dancing, gymnastics, shuffleboard tournaments, card parties, a camera club, and a bowling association that became one of the largest in the U.S. Of course, aquatics was the main focus.

In August of 1950, the Club purchased additional property. Rivi’s campus now consists of 21 acres that play host to three outdoor pools, two indoor pools, eight tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, a gymnasium and an outdoor shelter. Meanwhile, the Clubhouse building holds the fitness center and ballroom/dining rooms.  The main outdoor pool is one of the largest in the country, larger than a football field, and holds 1,300,000 gallons of water.  On a hot, busy day over 50,000 gallons can evaporate. The main pool also contains 10-lane 50 meter course and a 5-lane 25 yard course. A diving tank with underwater windows was added in 1957. It had become apparent it could no longer be safely operated. With the pool renovations of 2018, 2019, and 2020, the dive tank was replaced with a 13 foot deep diving well with the 1 meter and 3 meter diving boards.

Located on the north side of Indianapolis, Rivi has been a centerpiece of the Midtown area for many decades. Under its published Mission Statement, Membership is open to “people of good humor and high character…without regard to gender, religious or ethnic background.” A variety of programs are available to Members including USA Swimming-accredited swim teams, swim lessons and aquatic classes for adults and children,  an ever-expanding selection of fitness classes,  tennis options, days camps, dining and other activities, with some offerings open to the general public. The Riviera Club is a 501(c)7 not-for-profit Member-owned recreational and social club, with a 501(c)3 arm,  supported by 2200 families. It is a place for everyone, a truly inclusive and unique club representative of the many diverse neighborhoods and individuals around us. Today the Riviera Club is a welcoming family-friendly environment for people of any background.


  • The Club’s first swim instructor Euphrasia Donnelly won the 1924 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal in Paris, France.
  • In 1940, Rivi swimmer Patty Aspinal Reel’s national swimming records won her a spot on the U.S Olympic team in Helsinki, Finland, but the games were cancelled in 1940 and 1944 because of WWII.
  • Swimming coaches Johnny Galvich and Gene Lee led the teams to over 400 trophies
  • In 1959, Riviera Club Swim Team Member Becky Collins captured the National Senior Outdoor Championship in several categories, setting world records.  She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine as a U.S. Olympic Swimmer.
  • Rivi swimmer Kathy Ellis won the 1961 US Nationals. In 1963 Ellis won gold in the the Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil and then turned around and set a new world record for the 100-meter butterfly in the US Nationals. In 1964, Kathy Ellis went four-for-four in medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
  • Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Governor Mitch Daniels worked in the Beach Stand and former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh and his family were regular visitors to the pools.
  • From 1980 to 2004, Rivi Swimmer Trischa Zorn became the most decorated Paralympian in the history of the Games with a total of 46 medals. She won a record 32 gold medals across a range of events and categories.
  • Riviera Club was the host of one of the World’s Largest Swim Lesson offered on June 18, 2015 with over 75 children participating.