This American Red Cross Lifeguard Training provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.


Upon successful completion of the Water Safety Instructor course, instructor candidates should be able to:
  1. Identify key elements and strategies for planning and preparing effective and safe swim lessons.
  2. Identify key class management principles, elements and strategies for planning, preparing and conducting safe swim lessons.
  3. Describe the importance of effective observation for teaching and how to develop it.
  4. Observe swimming, headfirst entry and diving skills, and accurately classify them and suggest appropriate interventions to improve them.
  5. Develop the ability to effectively communicate about participants’ progress in swim lessons.
  6. Modify teaching to meet unexpected challenges, including dealing with participants who misbehave.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to accommodate participants who move, learn, communicate and behave differently.


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.

Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

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 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.Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills.


  • Friday, May 5: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 6: 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 7: 8 am - 4:30 pm


  • Certification in CPR/AED
  • First Aid
  • Lifeguarding

Bring swim suit. Must pass swim prerequisites

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Contact: Jessica Goetting, [email protected], 619-280-9622.