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Lifeguard Certification- AMERICAN RED CROSS 

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illness until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. The course content and activities will prepare participants to make appropriate decisions about the care to provide in an aquatic emergency and medical emergency.

Before taking the course, prospective lifeguard candidates must perform the follow prerequisites:

  • Participants must be 15 years of age ON or BEFORE the last day of the course.
    • A copy of the participants ID card will be made for RWC records.
  • Participants do not have to be a Recreation & Wellness Center member or child of a member.
  • Must be able to swim 300 yards continuously using the front crawl (freestyle) and/or breast stroke, goggles are allowed to be used during the swim test.
    • If any other stroke technique is used, the candidate will need to repeat the swim test.
  • Tread water continuously with no hands for 2 minutes.
  • Complete all of the following within 1 minute and 40 seconds:
    • Swim 20 yards using the front crawl (freestyle) or breast stroke.
    • Goggles are not allowed on this portion of the test.
    • Surface dive to 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Resurface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface of the water.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or stairs.

*Failure to complete these prerequisites will cause the candidate to be removed from the course*

  • Payment is due when registering for the course.
  • No refunds are given to participants who cannot complete the prerequisites. 
  • Course is limited to 10 participants to a class.


Class Schedule - TBA

Cost $200 - includes manual, instruction & certification costs


For additional questions regarding American Red Cross Classes please contact:

Jason Hilton

Assistant Director of Facilities & Aquatics


Spring 2016 hours
M-Th 6a-11p


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Sun 2-11p 4-8p

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