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This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over.

Lifeguard Recertification

Individuals with a current lifeguarding/ first aid/cpr/aed or shallow water lifeguarding/ first aid/cpr/aed certificate may participate in a review course. Must be current to date of class.

Allowing individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The review course format optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations. The review course will consist of all prerequisites for the Lifeguard Class, as well as the written final exams and in water skill evaluation. The responsibility for preparing for the final written exam is that of the participant.

The re-certification course is for those who currently have an American Red Cross Lifeguard certificate nearing its expiration date.

Please contact Katie Kuhl, Aquatics Director, for more information at (618) 656-0436. Registration Opens on August 6th.

February 20th & 27th • 3:00 – 6:00pm
Niebur Center
Members $250 • Non-Members $300

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Lifeguarding Class

Lifeguarding Class (Ages 15-21)

Three swimming-skills prerequisites evaluate overall swimming strength, endurance & comfort in the water; and the ability to meet the time requirements.

  • Perform a 300-yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both; swimming on the back or side is not permitted, swim goggles are allowed.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using the legs only (no hands), without the support and without stopping; the head must remain above the surface of the water.
  • Without goggles, start in the water and swim 20 yards (face in or out of water); head-first or feet-first surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object; return to the surface and swim on their back to the starting point with both hands holding the object. Must keep the face at or near the surface and be able to get a breath; may not swim the distance underwater, or use the bottom of the pool for help, and must exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

If a candidate is not successful on the first attempt, there is only one opportunity to reattempt the prerequisites after sufficient rest. Entry into the Red Cross Lifeguarding course is strictly limited to those who meet the minimum age requirement and successfully complete the prerequisite swimming skills evaluation. Failure to have attained the appropriate skill level could pose a safety threat to the class and the individual. This class will certify individuals who successfully complete the prerequisite and successfully complete the course. Lifeguard Candidates must be 15 yrs of age on or before the course end date. The course consists of both written and performance tests.

This will be a hybrid course, so there will be an online portion of the class that needs to be completed before Sunday, September 26th. You will gain access to the online portion after completing the course prerequisites (which will be scheduled by the aquatics director no later than a week after signing up). Registration begins August 6th.

January 30th – February 27th • 3:30 – 6:00pm
Niebur Center
Members $270 • Non-Members $300

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