Lifeguarding and WSI Classes

Lifeguard/WSI Course Schedule

American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid & CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

Gain the knowledge and skills to save a life and get a great job! The course incorporates self-study through online training and lecture/skill practice at the pool with experienced instructors. We are always hiring! Individuals committed to working for Parks as a lifeguard can be hired first and paid for taking this course! Inquire at first class meeting. Successful participants receive national certification in Lifeguarding-First Aid.

Candidates must be 15 years of age on or before the final day of class and be mature and able to complete the following swim prerequisites. Stop by Currents to complete the pre-test BEFORE you register. 

  • Swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl & breaststroke.
  • Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 8.5 feet & retrieve 10lb. brick, swim 20 yards with brick.
  • Tread water with no hands for 2 minutes.
  • Demonstrate maturity and self-control.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Candidates must be 16 years of age on or before the final day of class and must possess and display maturity and self-control. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate skills that meet at least American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim Level 4 performance criteria during the pre-course session (first class.) 

Coursebook provided at first class. Successful participants will receive the Water Safety Instructor Certificate, which recognizes them as possessing the tools to teach course offerings within the ARC Learn-To-Swim and Water Safety programs.  

Register for the course with Parks and Recreation. Participants will then receive an email from Parks and Recreation telling them how to register, pay for, and complete blended learning course materials through the American Red Cross prior to the start of the class.

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