Safety Courses

Safety Courses


Check out page 12 in our brochure for a current list of scheduled courses. 
All Safety Courses meet at the LIFE Community Center. American Red Cross certification is awarded for successful completion of programs. Residents and Regulars pay the same fee. There is no early bird discount for American Red Cross classes. Advanced registration is required for all classes. Registration deadline is one week prior to start date. Classes are canceled if minimum enrollment is not met. Questions concerning ARC classes should be directed to the Aquatics Coordinator. 


Participants who successfully complete this course receive certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and AED/CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

Come prepared to swim. The prerequisite swim tests will be given the first day of class.


This course teaches those with a duty to respond how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children, and infants.

Lifeguard Training

Are you 15 or older and looking for a great summer job or a challenging career? American Red Cross Lifeguarding is the best place to start! Lifeguarding puts you in an exciting position, working as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water. You could save a life too! This course trains students in surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries, rescue skills in the water and on land, first aid training and CPR for the professional rescuer, as well as professional lifeguarding responsibilities.

Prerequisites: Minimum age of 15. Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order: 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and stabilization, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or front. 100 yards of breaststroke, using a pull, breathe, kick, glide sequence. 100 yards of either front crawl using rhythmic breathing or breaststroke, or a combination. Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Fee: $175 ($25 Non-Refundable deposit is due upon registration.
The remaining $150 is due upon successful completion of Pre-test)


Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

This course prepares students to become certified as American Red Cross swim instructors. Students will learn how to teach swimming skills and strokes to all ages and levels.

If you are at least 16 years old and a proficient swimmer, you can become an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. This approximately 30-hour course will help you teach skills that may save a life. You will learn organizational and presentation skills that will help you in any career and make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you want to splash around with kids and teach them to swim, help children and adults refine their strokes or teach diving safety techniques, you can do it as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.

Prerequisites: Participants must be 16 years, complete ARC FIT Training prior to class.

  • Front Crawl – 25 yards
  • Back Crawl – 25 yards
  • Breaststroke – 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke – 25 yards
  • Sidestroke – 25 yards
  • Butterfly – 15 yards
  • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
  • Tread water for 1 minute

Fee: $175 ($25 Non-Refundable deposit is due upon registration. The remaining $150 is due upon successful completion of Pre-test)


Lifeguard Instructor Training (LGI)

To train instructor candidates to teach Lifeguard Training (including First Aid), CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard Management, AED Essentials, Oxygen Administration for the Professional Rescuer, Preventing Disease Transmission, Community Water Safety and Basic Water Rescue. The training prepares instructor candidates by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials and methods, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress.


Be at least 17 years of age by the last scheduled session of the instructor course. Possess a Fundamentals of Instructor Training certificate issued in the last 12 months or have a current Health and Safety Services Instructor Authorization (F5736 or C3005). Pass each section of the pre-course written exam with a score of 80 percent. Demonstrate competency in the skills evaluation.

Fee: $175 ($25 Non-Refundable deposit is due upon registration. The remaining $150 is due upon successful completion of Pre-test.)



Get CPR certified – and be prepared to help. As part of our mission to train people how to respond to and prepare for emergencies, we offer CPR certification classes that can help you provide assistance when someone is faced with a cardiac or breathing emergency.

Designed, and taught by experts, Red Cross CPR certification courses are OSHA compliant, affordable and available in a range of settings. With in-person, online, and our best-in-class blended Simulation Learning, you can get CPR certified, learn life-saving skills, and train in the way that suits you best.

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Park District

P.O. Box 1326,
Carbondale, IL 62903-1326

LIFE Community Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4222 or (618) 549-6565

Super Splash Park

P.O. Box 1326
Carbondale, IL
Located at: 625 S. Lewis Lane

Hickory Ridge Golf Center

2727 W. Glenn Rd, Carbondale
(618) 529-4386

Hickory Lodge Administration

1115 W. Sycamore, Carbondale
(618) 529-4147

Park Operations & Maintenance Office

108 N. Williams, Carbondale
(618) 529-4149

Alice Wright Early Childhood Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4646

Kids Korner

101 N. Glenview, Carbondale
(618) 457-7356