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American Red Cross Aquatics Programs

The Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department provides American Red Cross Water Safety programs taught by authorized instructors in a supportive environment.  All classes take place at the Kettering Recreation Complex.

Upcoming Programs

Details about our lifeguarding programs are available below. Registration for American Red Cross courses can be done online, in-person, or by calling the Kettering Recreation Complex Front Desk. If you have questions, please send an email to

ARC CPR & First Aid

Ages: 14+

Be Prepared!  Would you know what to do if someone you loved stopped breathing, started to choke or had a heart attack? This course teaches both the average citizen and the professional rescuer how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants as well as identify and care for life-threatening bleeding, choking, sudden illness and injury. After passing the exam, participants in this course will receive a 2 year certification in both American Red Cross CPR and AED and First Aid.  This class does not qualify for the 10% discount.

Fee:    $95/resident; $115/non-resident


ARC Pre-Skills Test

Ages: 14+

(must be 15+ or turn 15 before the end of the LG Course you register for)

Pre-Skills Testing for American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

Testing consists of the following:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed (goggles may be worn).
  • Tread water for two minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Timed Event: Starting in the water swim 20 yards, the face may be in or out of the water (goggles are not allowed), surface dive, feet first or head first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface with the ability to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder (completed within 1 minute and 40 seconds).

Upon successful completion, you may register for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course which is also offered at the Kettering Recreation Complex. Should you cancel your session or not be successful, no refunds will be available. This class does not qualify for 10% discount. 

Fee:     $15/resident; $20/non-resident


ARC Lifeguarding

Ages: 15+

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ARC Pre-Skills Test

The American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Blended Learning Certification Course trains candidates to act with speed and confidence in emergency situations both in and out of the water. Topics include; water rescue skills, surveillance and recognition, first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies, CPR, AED, and more. Attendance at all scheduled sessions is required for successful completion of course requirements. A portion of the training will be done online through the American Red Cross learning center at home.  A computer will be required for this completion. Successful completion of online coursework is required to be met by the end of the class. Successful completion of this course offers a two-year certification that includes Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and AED. Course material requirements and additional class information will be provided following registration. This class does not qualify for 10% discount.

Fee:     $225/resident; $260/non-resident


ARC Lifeguard Recertification

Ages: 15+

Prerequisite: Participant must be currently certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard.

Valid certification must be presented to the Instructor on the first day of class. Participants must pass the Pre-Skills test on the first day of the course. This Lifeguard Recertification course is designed to update your skills while also extending your certification for another two years. Attendance at all scheduled sessions is required for successful completion of course requirements. If you have questions, please send an email to This class does not qualify for the 10% discount.

Fee:     $100/resident; $125/non-resident

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