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Lifeguarding Classes

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Course Date

April 21-23, 2023
Friday, April 21: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Rocky Mount Senior Center
427 S. Church Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27802

For additional information, please email


  • Must be 15 years old.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both.  Swimming on back or side is NOT allowed.  Swim googles may be used. 
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only legs. Candidates must place their arms under their armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1:40 (no googles allowed):
    1. Start in water, swim 20 yards out. The face can be out of the water for this portion. 
    2. Surface dive, feet or headfirst, to a depth of 7 – 10ft to retrieve a 10lb object.
    3. Return the object to the surface and keep face at or near the surface so you can breathe and swim object back to the starting point while on your back.
    4. Exit pool without assistance of ladder or steps.


American Red Cross Certificate requirements:

  1. Attend all class sessions.
  2. Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
  3. Demonstrate competency in 3 final scenarios.
  4. Complete final written exam and score at least 80% on written exam.



$215 nonresidents

$185 residents

*Includes pocket mask


Refund Policy

$50 of program is non-refundable should be registration be cancelled by the participant prior to the pre-course work being assigned. 

Once pre-course work is assigned, there will be no refunds.


Course Work

7 hours of course work must be completed 48 hours prior to the course begin date.  Participants will be sent the link to complete via provided email. 

Pre-requisites will be completed on the first day of class.

If pre-course work is not completed and pre-requisite in-water (300 yd swim, tread, and brick) must be completed prior to continuing in class. 

For additional information, please contact Brian Harrell, Manager at 252-972-1152 or via email at


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