Lifeguard Training

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training class provides entry level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule

How do I Register?

  • Stop by the CoRec Member Services Desk
  • Call the CoRec Member Services Desk: 765.494.3109
  • Registration open August 8th, 2016

This class is a blended learning class and requires a swim skills test as well as both online and on-site learning sessions. Registered participants will be sent instructions to access online learning portal to email account on file prior to class start date.

Participants must complete required swim skills testing and on-line training components to be eligible for on-site skills sessions. Students must attend & complete in full all scheduled course sessions and activities in order to receive certification.

Lifeguarding Course Certification Requirements:

  • Be at least 15 years of age or older
  • Pass swim skills evaluation (requirements listed below)
  • Complete online blended learning course module
  • Attend & participate in all course sessions, as scheduled, in their entirety
  • Pass exit skills examination including written and in-water scenarios

Review Courses ONLY:

  • Must possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/CPR/First Aid certification or equivalent.
  • Lifeguard candidates with an expired certificate must complete the full course.
  • Red Cross requires that certifications be current on the start date of class in order to participate in review course. No grace period available for expired certifications.

Swim Skills Evaluation:

All registrants must complete the following skills in order to continue in the class. Participants are encouraged to consider their ability to pass these prior to registering:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 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. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Lifeguarding Course Refund Policy:

  • Failure to attend the swim skills evaluation or any portion of course activities will result in student being dropped from course without refund.
  • Refunds are only permitted if:
    • 100% refund: participant submits proof of medical inability to participate in course as scheduled
    • 50% refund: participant attempts and fails the required swim skills evaluation
  • Special circumstances may be considered at the discretion of the Assistant Director-Aquatics Education & Programs

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