C.A.T.S. - Red Cross Lifeguard Training & More

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor Training - $350


This class is for students who want to become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard instructor. This class will prepare an individual to teach lifeguarding at any aquatic facility. Students will learn the skills necessary to organize and teach American Red Cross Lifeguarding. Students must turn 17 years old by the last date of the lifeguarding instructor class. Current certification in Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is required to participate in this instructor course. Students must also pass the prescreening lifeguarding requirements to participate in this class. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Lifeguarding instructor which is valid for 2 years from the course completion date.

An Informed Consent and Release of Liability form must be completed and signed in order to participate in any C.A.T.S. class or program.

Age Requirements

Students must turn 17 years old by the last date of the lifeguarding class.

Prescreening Requirements

Students must swim a 300 yard continuous swim using either front crawl or breast stroke or a combination of the two strokes.


Students must swim 20 yards using front crawl or breast stroke, surface dive to a minimum of 7 feet, retrieve a 10 pound brick, return to the surface with the brick and swim back to the starting point, keeping face above water and holding the 10 pound brick with both hands. The student must then place the brick on the side of the pool and exit the pool without using a ladder or steps. This must be done in 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Students must tread water using only their legs for 2 minutes while holding their hands under their armpits.

In the event that a participant cannot meet the Prescreening Requirements and therefore does not pass the pre-course, the participant may transfer into a later class at no charge or a refund of the class fee minus a $25 administrative fee will be given. Refunds will be made by check.

Pre-class Requirements

Students must complete an online requirement mandated by the American Red Cross. A link will be sent to you once your registration is complete. You must print out and bring to the first class the certificate that shows course completion.


Please download, print and complete the Informed Consent and Release of Liability Form.  Each participant must bring a completed and signed form to the first session of class in order to participate in any Cincinnati Aquatic Training Services (C.A.T.S.) class of program









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