Lifeguard Certification


Being a certified lifeguard opens doors to many other job opportunities! This Spring Venues, Parks & Arts is partnering with the Red Cross to offer both New Lifeguard Certification courses and Lifeguard Recertification courses. Both New Lifeguard and Lifeguard Recertification courses will be “Blended” courses that offer online and in-person training. The online portion of the training is done remotely and must be completed prior to the certification course’s start date and the in-person training will take place at Riley High School Pool.  All registered participants will need to bring proof of completion for their online course to your first day of in-person class. Participants who pass their classes will earn an American Red Cross Lifeguard certification. The capacity for each class is limited to 12 participants so don’t delay… Register now!

More Info:
Classes will take place at Riley High School Pool. Must be 15+ years old on or before the last day of class and pass the prerequisites.

*April 1st-5th will take place at Clay High School. (updated 2/22/2024)

*May 6th-10th will take place at Clay High School. (updated 3/25/2024)

Prerequisites (updated by American Red Cross February 2024):

  • Complete a swim-tread-swim sequence without stopping to rest
    • Jump into the water and totally submerge, resurface then swim 150 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. (Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. Swim goggles are allowed)
    • Maintain position at the surface of the water for 2 minutes by treading water using only the legs.
    • Swim 50 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both
  • 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 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, holding the object at the surface with both hands and keeping the face out or near the surface.
    • Exit the water without using the ladder or steps.