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.
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
Dates Code
September 17-18 (5-9pm);
September 19-20 (9am-5pm)
November 19-20 (5-9pm);
November 21-22 (9am-5pm)


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
December 6, 9am-7pm  $150 19015

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

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor Review Course

This in-person skills orientation is for CURRENT Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors and Instructor Trainers who must complete the in-person skills to update their Red Cross LGI/LGIT certification(s). All instructors participating must have successfully completed the Red Cross instructor online update PRIOR to participating in the LGI/LGIT update.

Items you must bring to class

  • Proof of online update completion
  • 2017 Lifeguard Instructors manual
  • Infant and adult CPR Mask
  • Swimming suit and towel
  • Proof of blended learning online completion (lifeguard renewal)

Fees and Registration

  • $60.
  • At the end of the course there will be an option to renew your lifeguard certification for an additional fee.
  • Maximum enrollment: 12
Date/Time Code
November 8 (9am-6pm) 19515




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