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We offer Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor Classes to members, nonmembers and staff.


Red Cross lifeguarding students must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class and pass a swimming skills test described below. Once students are enrolled, they’ll receive the latest science-based training from experienced instructors and develop skills they’ll use for a lifetime. Students must pass a pre-course swimming skills test prior to taking lifeguarding courses. This includes a 300-yard swim using front crawl or breaststroke, a 2-minute tread using legs only and the ability to retrieve a 10-lb dive weight from 7 ft deep, surface and swim 20 yds with the weight, using legs only and exit the pool without using a ladder within 100 seconds.

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Water Safety Instructor Class

  • Course Prerequisites: Be at least 16 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course. Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:

1. Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts,
Level 4:  Front Crawl – 25 yards, Back Crawl – 25 yards, Breaststroke – 25 yards, Elementary Backstroke – 25 yards, Sidestroke – 25 yards, Butterfly – 15 yards

2. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
3. Tread water for 1 minute

More information on this class can be found in the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course Fact Sheet.

1064 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
614-972-7399* Seasonally mid-May through early September

Mailing address: PO Box 20015, Columbus, OH 43220



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