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 online 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.
Dates Code
July 5-7 (8:30am-5:30pm) 24175
July 22-24 (9am-6pm) 24176

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.

* Must show proof of AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION. This class does not re-certify for other lifeguard agencies.

Date/Time Fee Code
TBA $150



Water Safety Instructor Class

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.

  • All class times and dates are MANDATORY
Date/Time Code

Fees, and Registration

  • The cost is $250.


  • 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

  • Once registered, participants will receive instructions via email for the Red Cross Online Learning. The email will be sent no earlier than about 3 weeks before the class begins. The online material must be fully completed before the first day of class. Proof of completion is required before class begins.


For information on how to apply for a Lifeguard position, please visit our Jobs Page.