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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 Lifeguarding and American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification courses must be completed in person at the Kettering Recreation Complex Front Desk.

American Red Cross Pre-skills

Ages: 14+

The Kettering Aquatic Training School (KATS) is proud to offer a wide range of American Red Cross Aquatic courses. This Pre-skills session will test your swimming and endurance and is a required pre-requisite. 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 arms under their armpits.
  • Timed Event: Starting in the water, the face may be in or out of the water (swim 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 so they are able 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.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding

Ages: 15 +

You must pass ARC Pre-skills prior to registering for this course.

 American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard class trains lifeguards 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. Successful completion of this course offers a two-year certification that includes Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED. Course material requirements and additional class information will be provided following the successful completion of your KATS Pre-Skills session. Should you have any questions, please email

American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification

Ages: 15 +

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

Valid certification must be presented the first day of class. Participants must pass the Pre-skills test on the first day of the course. This Lifeguarding Recertification class is designed to help you update your skills while also extending your certification for another two years. If you have any questions, please email


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