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
March 17-18 (5-9pm) 19-20 (9am-5pm) 22530
April 7-8 (5-9pm) 9-10 (9am-5pm) 22529
May 19-20 (5-9pm) 21-22 (9am-5pm) 22531
May 31-June 2 (9am-6pm) 22936
June 3-5 (9am-6pm) 22937

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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
Jan. 29, 9am-7pm $150 22488
April 2, 9am-7pm $150 22487
May 30, 9am-7pm $150 22489

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Lifeguarding Instructor Course

  • The 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 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
March 11-13, 9am-6pm 22460

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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 Dates

  • $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
March 11, 9am-6pm 22485

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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
May 31-June 2, 9am-6pm
June 3-5, 9am-6pm

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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

  • 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.
  • Certification and Fees
  • 2-year American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification


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