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American Red CrossAmerican Red Cross Training Courses
We offer many American Red Cross Training courses. We have qualified American Red Cross (ARC)  Instructors and are proud to be an ARC Facility. Most of our ARC courses are held from January to May. We offer four lifeguarding classes, a couple of Water Safety Instructor Courses, a Lifeguard Instructor Course, and a few Review Courses throughout the year. If you are looking for a particular course and you don’t see it on our website, or if you would like more information about when we offer these classes, please email the Aquatic Program Coordinator. Hopefully we will see you in a class soon.

Lifeguard Training
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training includes CPR for the professional rescuer, AED, PDT, and First Aid. Students must be at least 15 years of age before the end of the class and complete the following prerequisites:
  • Be at least 15 years old by the end of the class
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing 
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a retrieval exercise within 1 minute 40 seconds or less.  This includes; 20 yard swim, surface dive, retrieve a 10 lb brick from 9' depth, swim back 20 yards and exit without using a ladder or steps.
Successful candidates must attend every class session, pass the written exams, and perform all critical skills and three final skill scenarios. Class space is limited, so sign up early. Classes are usually offered starting in February through May.

Lifeguard Training Schedule


Lifeguard Review Course
The purpose of a review is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The review course optimizes a participants’ ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skill evaluations. Each participant should have the opportunity to view video segments, practice and perform skills for evaluation and complete the final written exam(s) for the course being reviewed. Individuals with a current Lifeguarding / First Aid / CPR / AED certification may participate in a review course.

Water Safety Instructor

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course certifies candidates to teach swimming and water safety courses.  Provides instructor candidates with the training they need to plan and conduct courses within the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. This course covers teaching progressions, course and lesson planning, recognizing common skill errors, providing corrective feedback, motor learning and hydrodynamic principles. Pre-requisites include; must be 16 at the last date of the class, successful completion of preliminary knowledge and skill test, and demonstrate correct form in swimming all six traditional strokes.

Lifeguard Instructor Course
Lifeguard Instructor Training will train instructor candidates to teach basic-level Lifeguarding, CPR / AED for the Professional Rescuer, Administering Emergency Oxygen, Blood-borne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission and Basic Water Rescue courses. Students must be at least 17 years of age on or before the last scheduled day of the class and possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding / First Aid certificate or have successfully completed a Red Cross Lifeguarding course and complete the following prerequisites:

  • Passing the pre-course written exam with a score of 80% or higher for each of the three sections
  • Demonstrating competency in the pre-course skills and scenarios

Jr. Lifeguard
American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding is designed to guide youth to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course by building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. Participants are not required to master or perfectly execute skills.  They should learn techniques and build stamina during this program. The Junior Lifeguard course does not certify participants in first aid, CPR or AED or as lifeguard. Junior Lifeguarding is an effective transition from upper-level Learn-to-Swim courses to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program, challenging participants to stay involved with aquatics.

The course also provides the participating agency with a know group from which to recruit future lifeguards. Junior Lifeguarding will introduce participants to: skills need for entry to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course, communication and decision-making skills, basic responsibilities of a lifeguard, basic knowledge and skill required to be a lifeguard. This course is design for youth 11 years of age, or those who have completed the 5th grade though 14 years of age.