Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Training

Become an American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard or Swimming and Water Safety Instructor.

Aquatics  Lifeguard Training

2016 American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Registration available online


WSI Training
May 24-26 (Tuesday-Thursday) 8am - 5pm


1) Must be at least 16 years old, 
2) Able to demonstrate proficiency in six stokes - 25 yards of each stoke: front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly 
3) Tread Water for 2 Minute. 

The WSI course is a blended learning format, with both online and classroom components. The American Red Cross requires all new WSIs to complete the American Red Cross Online Instructor Registration and Orientation. In order to participate in the WSI course, participants must complete the online instructor registration and orientation, prior to the first class date. ARC requires $35.00 online instructor registration fee. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION - Participants must attend all scheduled class dates and times, demonstrate proficient land and water skills, and pass a written exam with a score of at least 80 percent. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will received an American Red Cross email from the following address,, which contains a link to your electronic certification. Should you need help accessing your electronic certification, please contact 1-800-Red Cross.

2016 American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Registration available online

25 1/3 hours
$195 (includes electronic text)

Lifeguard Training
January 30 - February 7 (Saturday & Sunday)   8am - 2pm
February 20 - 28 (Saturday & Sunday) 8am - 2pm
March 12 - 20 (Saturday & Sunday) 8am - 2pm
April 9 - 17 (Saturday & Sunday) 8am - 2pm
April 30 – May 8 (Saturday & Sunday) 8am - 2pm
May 21 - 29 (Saturday & Sunday) 8am - 2pm
June 6 - 9 (Tuesday - Friday) 9am- 3pm


The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide 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 illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Prerequisite 1 300-Yard Swim
Prospective participants must 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.

Prerequisite 2 Tread Water
Prospective participants must tread water for 2 minutes without support and without stopping while their head remains above the surface of the water. When treading, only the legs can be used. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

Prerequisite 3 Timed Event
Prospective participant on the following skill to be performed within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards 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.

100% attendance is required. (850) 474-2981 or (850) 474-2497.

Lifeguard candidates must be able to complete all prerequisite skills on the first class meeting. Only $50 will be refunded if for any reason candidates are unable to complete course within scheduled time-frame.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Participant's Manual