Lifeguard and Water Safety

Classes vary by season. Some classes are subject to be taken place at Rock River Rapids Aquatic Park.
Instructor: Donita Ginde-Houtman
For questions or concerns, please contact Donita by calling the DRC or emailing donita@derbyrec.com.

Download our Lifeguard training brochure
Download our Lifeguard Instructor courses brochure

Classes we offer:

LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTOR (LGI)
The purpose of the lifeguard instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Blended Learning, Shallow Water Lifeguard, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training courses and/or modules.

Course pre-requisite requirements include:

  • 17 years or older by the final day of the course
  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate or an equivalent certificate from another organization
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing using front crawl and breaststroke
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only your legs
  • Complete a retrieval exercise within 1 minute, 40 seconds or less.  This includes: 20 yard swim, surface dive, retrieve a 10lb. brick from 7 – 10 foot depth, swim back 20 yards and exit without using the ladder or steps.
  • Successfully complete the online session for the lifeguarding instructor course which consists of the following:
    • Orientation to the American Red Cross
    • Orientation to the Lifeguard Instructor course and pre-course exam



LIFEGUARD TRAINING
The purpose of the lifeguarding course is to teach the knowledge and skills needed to help prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.  This consists of land and water rescue skills as well as first aid and CPR/AED.

Course pre-requisite requirements include:

  • 15 years or older by the final day of the course
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing using front crawl and breaststroke
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only your legs
  • Complete a retrieval exercise within 1 minute, 40 seconds or less.  This includes: 20 yard swim, surface dive, retrieve a 10lb. brick from 7 – 10 foot depth, swim back 20 yards and exit without using the ladder or steps.

LIFEGUARD  REVIEW
The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard review course is to review the course content to optimize an individual’s ability to successfully complete the required knowledge and skills evaluations to become re-certified. Ages 15 and older.


WSI AIDE
Anyone wanting to become an aide in an American Red Cross Learn to Swim program should take this class. Participants must be at least 10 years old and have Level 4 swimming skills. In addition to class time, 20 hours of volunteer time assisting our swim lesson program is required for aide certification. Adults as well as kids can obtain the experience necessary to become a water safety instructor aide. A swimming skill check will be done before class instruction. Come prepared to swim. Ages 10-18.