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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 Training

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.

Prerequisites: Participants must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course, swim 300 yards continuously using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs, and complete a timed swimming event within 1 minute and 40 seconds.

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 (2) with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Lifeguarding Fact Sheet (pdf)

Fee: $175 (+tax)
All classes are Blended Learning.  This requires online course work in addition to the classroom setting.

Next Class: TBD

Lifeguard Instructor

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: $135 (+tax) = ($100+tax facility fee payable to Fit+Rec and $35 online registration fee payable to ARC)

This class will meet Tuesday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. for two consecutive weeks.

Week One


Week Two


Water Safety Instructor

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) = ($165+tax facility fee payable to Fit+Rec and $35 online registration fee payable to ARC)

Water Safety Instructor Fact Sheet (pdf)

Class is taught over six (6) days.  See 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. 

Next class: TBD

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