Any Kippewa staff member taking any American Red Cross Lifeguarding course MUST successfully complete the pre-course requirements.  For safety, there are are no exceptions.
  • Ability to pass swim 550 yards (22 lengths) continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing, using front crawl or breaststroke. Goggles allowed.
  • Tread water for two (2) minutes using only the legs (hands under arms)
  • Complete within 1 minute, 40 seconds: From shallow end of pool, swim 20 yards, surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound object from the deep end of pool, return to starting point holding brick with both hands while keeping face out of water, and exit water without using ladder or steps. Goggles NOT allowed. (Contact lens wearers be aware of this)
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards. Goggles NOT allowed.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact