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The primary 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. This includes providing professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience.

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.

  • No refunds are given to participants who cannot complete the prerequisites or do not complete the course.
  • Courses are limited to 10 participants in 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.
  • An additional course can be offered for organizations/groups with three or more participants if the course schedule does not fit your organization/group's needs.
  • You do not have to have a membership with the Recreation and Wellness Center (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 and 40 seconds.
    1. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    2. Surface dive feet-first or head-first to a depth of seven to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    3. 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 can get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance underwater.
    4. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Failure to complete these prerequisites will cause the participant to be removed from the course.


  • The fee is $200 per participant. This fee includes access to a manual, instruction, course materials and certification costs. Full payment is due at the time of purchase. For more information or to register, contact David Waddell at 606-783-9579.

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Recreation & Wellness Center

100 Evans Branch
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2083
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