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American Red Cross Aquatics Classes

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Throughout the year the Centennial Sportsplex offers a variety of American Red Cross Aquatic Classes.

We typically offer American Red Cross Lifeguard Courses during the spring at the Centennial Sportsplex. You must pass a Pre-requisite Swim session before signing up for the classes.

Lifeguard Training

American Red Cross Class Schedule:To be decided after July 1, 2020

You must be 15 years old and proficient in the front crawl (freestyle), and breaststroke. Lifeguard training is a 25.5-hour course, which includes First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPR/PR) and AED. In the course, learn about the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out in a professional manner. 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 about your ability to participate fully in the Lifeguard Training course, discuss it with your local American Red Cross chapter or unit before starting the course.

Skills You Must Perform

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only your legs. Candidates place their hands under their 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 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 the text and equipment by the second class. You can buy the text or download the lifeguarding text for free at

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.


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