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Lifeguard Recertification

The lifeguard review course is designed to help you update your skills while also extending your certification for another two years. We offer the review course for those whose certifications are still valid (or within 30 days of expiring) while allowing you to continue to work without a lapse in verification. The course length is 12 hours and is typically held over the course of a weekend or two days. Participants are given ample opportunity to practice and review skills (including watching videos) prior to taking the written test and passing the skills portion. 

  • No refunds are given to participants who cannot complete the prerequisites.
  • Courses are limited to 10 participants to a class on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Courses must have at least three participants signed up for the class to continue on schedule.
  • Once a course has 10 participants, those who are not included in the class will be automatically moved to the next available course offering.
  • Additional course can be offered for organization/groups with three or more participants if the course schedule does not fit your organization/group needs.
  • You do not have to have a membership with the RWC to participate in this course.


  1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
  2. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  3. Tread water for two minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  4. Complete a timed event within one minute, 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive feet-first or head-first to a depth of seven to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface 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 so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
Failure to complete these prerequisites will cause the participate to be removed from the course.



The fee is $125 per participant. This fee includes manual, instruction, course materials and certification costs. To sign up, contact the front desk of the Recreation and Wellness Center at

606-783-2083. Full payment is due at the time of purchase. For more information, contact Jason Hilton at 606-783-2270.