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American Red Cross Classes

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The Centennial Sportsplex offers a variety of American Red Cross Aquatic Classes. Please view our Aquatic Class Schedule.

Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Registration Form

You must be 15 years old and proficient in the front crawl (freestyle), sidestroke, and breaststroke. Lifeguard training is a 25.5-hour course, which includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPR/PR) and AED. In the course, you learn about the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out in a professional manner. You also learn lifeguarding skills such as surveillance techniques, how to use rescue equipment, and how to manage a suspected spinal injury victim. These practices require strenuous activity. If you have a medical condition or disability that might prevent you from taking part in the practice sessions or if you have any questions at all about your ability to participate fully in the Lifeguard Training course, discuss it with your local American Red Cross chapter or unit before you start the course. There will also be a pre-course session, during which you must pass a skills test.

Skills You Must Perform

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only your legs.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Swim 20 yards, starting in the water
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of seven to ten feet and retrieve a 10-pound object
    • Surface and swim 20 yards on your back with both hands holding the object
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps
    • You can buy a pocket mask and first aid gear at

Classroom Course

Instruction is In a traditional classroom setting including lecture, video, and in-water instruction. Each class builds on the previous class. You must attend all classes to complete the course. You must have text and equipment by their second class. You can buy the text or download for free at

Schedule - Classroom Course

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Blended Learning Course

The new blended learning Lifeguarding course from the American Red Cross builds the same knowledge and skills as our traditional classroom training. The online format enables participants to complete interactive lessons and activities on their own time. Instructor–led sessions reinforce learning and emphasize skill building. Students must have access to a computer with internet capability. Student progress reports must be printed out and submitted to the instructor at each on–site session.

Schedule - Blended Learning Course

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Resident course fee: To be determined.
Non-resident course fee: To be determined.
Lifeguard participant manual: purchase or download for free at
Pocket Mask can be purchased at

Don't see a class that fits your schedule?

Contact Matt Oberbreckling for other options.

Lifeguard and CPR-PR Recertification Course

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For more information, email Matt Oberbreckling.

Additional Red Cross Safety Classes

Lifeguard Instructor (LGI)

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LGI Registration Form

Being a Red Cross instructor is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. You must be 17 years of age and will need to successfully complete a Fundamentals of Instructor Training Course. If you would like to learn more about becoming an instructor, or if you’re ready to get started, contact your local Red Cross chapter to begin the process. Once you complete the Fundamentals of Instructor Training you are ready to register for our class. To register, participants must complete the Fundamentals of Instructor Training and satisfy the requirements listed below.


  • Must possess at least one of the following:
    • Current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
    • Current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid and either an American Red Crosscertificate for CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or CPR/AED for Lifeguards
    • Equivalent certificate(s) from another approved organization
  • Successfully complete the pre-course session
  • Obtain the Lifeguarding Instructor's Manual and Lifeguarding Manual prior to entering the first classroom session of the instructor course

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