Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Classes

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class

Interested in a flexible job or a challenging career as a professional lifeguard? Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard. Successful completion results in a 2-year certification in Lifeguarding that includes first aid, professional-level CPR and AED in one certificate. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age before the scheduled session. Males must wear boxer style swimming suit and females must wear a one piece swimming suit and have their hair tied back or in a swimming cap.

Pre-Requisites, Fees and Registration:

  • 300 yard swim using breaststroke and front crawl (not timed)
  • Swim 20 yards, surface dive and retrieve an object from the deep end.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes without using arms.
  • If the candidate is not able to pass the swim test required by the Red Cross they will receive the $200 refund, but the $35 to the Red Cross is non-refundable.

Fees and Registration:

  • Cost $200 (March/April class) $215 (June class) Register online or in person at the Park District Office and the BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center
  • There will be an additional $35 online fee paid directly to the Red Cross for online learning materials. (non-refundable)
  • All Class times and dates are MANDATORY
  • Participants will receive instructions via e-mail for the Red Cross online learning after they register for the class. The online material must be fully completed before the first day of class.
Dates Code
March 30 & 31: 5 – 9 pm
April 1 & 2: 9am – 5pm
8982

 June 2-4: 9am – 5pm each day 9338

Red Cross WSI (Water Safety Instructor Class)

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course trains instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress. Successful candidates are eligible to teach Red Cross Swimming Lessons along with basic water safety. Participants must be at least 16 years of age before the last session of the class and be a proficient (level 4) swimmer.

If the candidate is not able to pass the swim test required by the Red Cross, they will receive the $215 refund, but the $35 to the Red Cross is non-refundable.

Fees, and Registration

  • The cost is $215. Register online at bisparks.org or in person at the Park District Office and the BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center
  • There will be an additional $35 online fee paid directly to the Red Cross for online learning materials. (non-refundable)
  • All Class times and dates are MANDATORY
  • Participants will receive instructions via e-mail for the Red Cross online learning after they register for the class. The online material must be fully completed before the first day of class.
  • Bookwork will also be e-mailed to the candidate to begin working on before the class begins.
  • Female participants must wear a one piece bathing suit and have their hair tied back or in a swim cap. Male participants must wear boxer style suit. Goggles are also required.
Dates Code
June 5-8: 9am – 5pm each day 9341


Employment:

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