American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Instructor Classes

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class

Interested in being a lifeguard? Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills. This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Completing the course results in a 2-year certification in Lifeguarding/CPR/AED/First Aid, all in one certificate.

Candidates must meet these requirements for class:

  • Be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  • Complete the online learning portion of the course BEFORE class begins.
  • Swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breast stroke or a combination of both, swimming on the back or side is NOT allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only their legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Complete a timed event with 1 minute, 40 seconds. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 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.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

If the candidate is not able to pass the Prerequisite Skills, they will be issued a full refund.

Males must wear boxer style swimming suit and females must wear a one piece swimming suit. Any person with long hair will be required to put it up or wear a swim cap.

Fees and Registration:

  • Cost $250 Register online or in person at the Park District Office and the BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center. Includes Fanny Pack, Adult and Infant CPR masks, and $35 fee to the Red Cross for the online learning materials.
  • All Class times and dates are MANDATORY
  • Once registered, participants will receive instructions via e-mail for the Red Cross Online Learning. The online material must be fully completed before the first day of class. Proof of completion will be required before class begins.
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
Dates Code
April 5-6: 5 – 9pm; April 7-8: 9am – 5pm 10821

May 3-4 (5-9pm) and May 5-6 (9am-5pm) 10504
Registration starts Tuesday, April 3
June 1 (9am-5pm), June 2 (10am-6pm) June 3 (9am-5pm) 10503
Registration starts Tuesday, April 3

Lifeguarding Recertification Class

Need to be recertified? Please see course description and requirements for the Lifeguarding class, as they are the same requirements for recertification. Questions? Call Jahna at 751-4270.

Date/Time Fee Code
April 22: 9am-7pm $150 11481

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor Course

  • This all new 2017 Lifeguard Instructor course trains instructor candidates how to teach American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, First Aid, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens.
  • This course shows instructor candidates how to use course and presentation materials, conduct training sessions and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course.


  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Possess a current Red Cross certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Complete the online Lifeguard Instructor course for $35 through the ARC learning center before the first day of class. An email will be sent with instructions after registration.
  • Pass two rescue skill scenarios that test lifeguarding and CPR (on the first day of class)

Certification and Fees

  • 2-year American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification
  • All Class times and dates are MANDATORY
  • Cost $300. Maximum enrollment: 12
Date/Time Code
May 4: 4-9pm and May 5 & 6: 9am-9pm 11480
Registration starts Tuesday, April 3


American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certification

  • The Water Safety Instructor Certification Course trains WSI candidates how to teach courses and presentations in the American 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.


  • WSI candidates must be at least 16 years old
    Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills (Skills to be demonstrated on the first day of class):
    Swim the following strokes consistent with Level 4:
    – Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, Sidestroke – 25 yards; Butterfly – 15 yards
    – Back float for one minute (floating or sculling)
    – Tread water for one minute

Required Online Course

  • Prior to the in-class date, all WSI candidates must complete an online course through the Red Cross Learning Center for $35. This is payable to the Red Cross and is non-Refundable.)
  • Information on completing the online course will be emailed to WSI candidates upon registering for a class.

Certification and Fees

  • 2-year American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification
  • All Class times and dates are MANDATORY
  • Cost $215. Maximum enrollment: 12
Date/Time Code
May 31 & June 1: 5-9pm and June 2 & 3: 9am-5pm 11458
Registration starts Tuesday, April 3



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