The Missouri Athletic Club offers the American Red Cross lifeguard certification course on an annual basis.
The purpose of the course is to provide entry-level lifeguards with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies as well as to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This course is offered annually typically the week between the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
- Participants must be at least 15 years of age by the last class session.
- Participants must swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breathing control and rhythmic breathing. Participant may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used for this portion of the course only.
- Tread water for two minutes, using only the legs.
- Complete a time event within one minute and 40 seconds. *Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Surface dive head or feet first, to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object and then return it to the start.
- Participants must attend all classes, actively participate and pass the final written and skills exams.