Lifeguard Certification Courses

Thanks for your patience! We had to navigate around pool openings and staff scheduling but have one full lifeguard certification and one recertification course scheduled. Use the form below to register for the course or call the Lake Williamson office at 217-854-4820.

Recertification Course ($100)

Course Session:
Friday, June 3 from 8:30am - 1:00pm

Guidelines:
• Participant must hold an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification with expiration date no later than 30 days past the course date.
• Participant must attend the full course session.
• $100 is due upon arrival.
• Participant must bring modest swimming attire, towel, and clothes. Multiple towels suggested.  We will be going back and forth between classroom and pool in the course session.

Full Lifeguard Course ($200)

Course Sessions:
Tuesday, May 31 from 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 1 from 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 2 from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Guidelines:
• Participant must attend all course sessions.
• Participant must be at least 15 years old.
• $200 is due at the first course session. It will be returned if participant does not pass prerequisite swim requirements.
• Participant must bring modest swimming attire, towel, and clothes. Multiple towels suggested.  We will be going back and forth between classroom and pool in the course sessions.
• We will take breaks but ask participants to remain on-site, so packing a lunch, snacks, and water is suggested.

The course begins with a prerequisite testing session. This is per American Red Cross teaching guidelines. Details of the three tests are:

1. 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. Swim goggles may be used.

2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
• Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. 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 or steps.