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Lifeguard Certification

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.

  • 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.


  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 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  4. Complete a timed event within 1 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 7 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 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. The course is limited to 10 participants to a class. The fee is $175 per participant. This fee includes participant manual, instruction, course materials, and certification costs. To sign up, contact the front desk of the Recreation & 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.

You do not have to have a membership with the RWC to take this course.

Course Offerings

Lifeguard certification Classes - $175