Educational Courses


Full classes are held regularly in the spring of every year. Certification renewals and one-on-one instruction is available. Email for more information


1.) Be at least 15 years of age by the last day of the course attended
2.) Attend all training sessions
3.) Successfully complete a pre-course screening session which includes the following:

- 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, which consists of the following:

-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.

- Swim 20 yards (front crawl or breast stroke), surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return with it to the surface, and swim back 20 yards. This is timed.

- Perform all required skills with 100% accuracy

- Pass a written test with a score of at least 80%

NOTE: Waterfront and Waterpark lifeguarding are additional skills which will require additional hours.

Water Safety Instructor
- Classes are held on a case-by-case basis. Email for availability.

- Must be 16 years old by the start of the first class.

- Must be proficient in swimming skills, having completed a Red Cross level 6 class and own necessary card(s) to prove completion.

About the Class:
This class will inform about the history of swimming, including:

  • - Mechanics and science of strokes

  • - Skill readiness/student readiness of strokes

  • - Styles of learning

  • - Methods of teaching

  • - Psychology of learning

  • - Progression of teaching strokes

The class will include hands-on teaching of pre-school and beginner/advanced classes, introduction to teaching water exercise, how to teach adults and teens, age groups, and adaptive classes by role playing.

A final exam consists of 75 written questions. To pass a student must get a grade of 80% or higher.

While the class traditionally lasts ten weeks, it may vary depending on the number of students enrolled.