Training

Derby Recreation Commission offers American Red Cross courses to prepare you to work at an aquatic facility.  Courses include: Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor.  Each course does include pre-requisite skills, so be sure to review these prior to registering.  

2018 Training Schedule


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.

Water Safety Instructor

 
The purpose of the water safety instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training session and how to evaluate participants’ progress.

Course pre-requisite requirements include:

  • 16 years or older by the final day of the course
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following strokes:
    • Front Crawl                      25 yards
    • Back Crawl                       25 yards
    • Breaststroke                    25 yards
    • Elementary Backstroke    25 yards
    • Sidestroke                      25 yards
    • Butterfly                         15 yards
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Maintain a position on your back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)

Lifeguard Instructor 



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