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AMERICAN RED CROSS (ARC) CERTIFICATION COURSES

Select Lifeguard Training, Lifeguard Instructor or Water Safety Instructor for information and schedules.

For more information on how to register, contact the Murray Case Sells Swim Complex at (405) 325-4837.

Lifeguard Certification - (LG)-$175

This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies; as well as learning to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.

The process to achieve the Lifeguard Certification is divided into two sections: Precourse Swimming Skills Evaluation Sessions and the full Lifeguarding Certification Courses.

The Precourse Swimming Skills Evaluation Sessions consist of a 300-yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, treading water for 2 minutes using only the legs, and completing a timed swimming event within 1 minute and 40 seconds. You must successfully complete the Precourse Session before you are able to enroll for the full Lifeguarding Certification Course. Upon successful completion of the Precourse Session, you will be given a “special authorization code” to enter in order to allow the checkout process to take place for the full course. If a participant does not successfully complete the Precourse Session, they can enroll in another Precourse Session, if so desired. Precourse Sessions are $25 plus tax per session.

Note- Students must enroll in a Lifeguarding Prerequisite course and successfully pass the Prerequisite skills before the first day of the Full Lifeguarding course they attend. ** To participate in any Red Cross Lifeguarding course you must be at least 15 years of age on or before the final day of the class.

The full Lifeguarding Certification Course is $175 plus tax.

Once enrolled in the full Lifeguarding Course, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to the eLearning component. All eLearning material must be completed prior to the first day of the Lifeguarding course. To successfully complete the Lifeguarding course, participants must attend and participate in all class sessions, demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, and pass the final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Use this link to enroll in a Precourse Swimming Skills Evaluation Session.

Use this link to view the full Lifeguarding Certification Course schedule and then to enroll, once the participant has successfully completed the Precourse Session

Lifeguard Instructor - (LGI)-$175

In this course, instructor candidates will learn how to teach the basic-level lifeguarding course to include shallow water attendant, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the professional rescuer.

Prerequisites: Participants must be at least 17 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course, possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, and successfully complete the Online Session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course, which consists of the following:

  • Orientation to the American Red Cross
  • Orientation to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course and Precourse Exam

And successfully complete the Precourse Session.

Lifeguard Instructor Fact Sheet (pdf)

*Candidates should enroll in this course ONLY if their basic lifeguarding skills have been mastered.  This is not a remedial course or a review course for lifeguarding.

Enroll at the front desk of the Murray Case Sells Swim Complex
M-R from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
1701 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK  73019-2142

Fee: $175 (+tax) = ($138+tax facility fee payable to Fit+Rec and $37 online registration fee payable to ARC)

One Week Course
April 8-12             Monday - Friday               1-6pm

Water Safety Instructor - (WSI)-$200

The purpose of this instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses (including Safety Training for Swim Coaches) and Water Safety Presentations.

Prerequisites: Participants must be at least 16 years old on or before the last day of the Instructor Course, swim 25 yards of each stroke including the front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and 15 yards of butterfly, maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water by floating or sculling, and tread water for 1 minute.

To successfully complete the Water Safety Instructor Course, participants must successfully complete the Precourse Session, attend and actively participate in all course sessions, demonstrate competency in all practice teaching assignments, and score an 80 percent on the final instructor course written exam.

Fee: $200 (+tax) = ($163+tax facility fee payable to Fit+Rec and $37 online registration fee payable to ARC)

Water Safety Instructor Fact Sheet (pdf)

Enroll at the front desk of the Murray Case Sells Swim Complex
M-R from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.  
1701 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK  73019-2142

See class schedule below:  This course is a Blended Learning Course and will require completion of online content as well as in person sessions at the facility. 

One Week Course

May 28-31         Tues/Wed/Thur             Noon-6 pm
                            Fri                                   10 am- 6 pm

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