Certification Classes

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department’s Aquatic Services Division is proud to offer the American Red Cross training and certification programs. Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Certification courses prepare individuals for jobs in a variety of aquatic settings such as country clubs, camps, and municipal swimming pools. We also offer re-certification courses in both life guarding and CPR.

To register please download and print the registration form and follow the instructions for submitting it.
  • Training Registration Form
  • 2013 Training Schedule
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
Course Prerequisites (as of January 2012):
  • Must be at least 15 years old (by last day of class)
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing (can use freestyle or breaststroke only)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds—Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.
  • Surface dive, feet‐first or head‐first to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10‐pound object.
  • Surface and swim 20 yards on back with both hands holding the object during entire return swim. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
Course Prerequisites:
  • Must be at least 16 years old (by last day of class)
  • Must possess American Red Cross Level 4 competencies or equivalent: Front Crawl 25 yards, Elementary Backstroke 25 yards, Breaststroke 15 yards, Back Crawl 15 yards, Butterfly 15 yards.