Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm Saturday - Sunday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm


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Carroll offers "Blended Learning" where students complete online learning at home on their computer prior to coming to do classroom work. To get this completed, click here to start

Carroll Recreation Center is an authorized provider of the American Red Cross and teaches classroom and "blended learning" options for the lifeguarding class. Blended learning includes a large portion of the class learning to be done online at home via the internet class on your own time, and mostly skills on land and water to be completed during class time. The lifeguard course is a minimum of 27 hours, 25 minutes plus breaks for meals and changing clothing between pool and land sessions.

Certification is not guaranteed. Students must pass pre-course, attend all class sessions, complete online coursework, demonstrate all skills proficiently, and pass two written tests at 80% and be successful at completion of final skills testing. Certification includes lifeguarding, first aid, CPR for all ages, and AED training which will be valid for 2 years.
Pre-Course Skills must be Passed before class or on day 1 (depending on class schedule) in order to participate in the full class. 
*300 swim, non-stop using only front crawl and/or breaststroke - goggles are allowed
*2 minute tread, with hands under armpits
*Timed Event - 1 minute 40 seconds, swim & dive to retrieve brick then swim on back with brick and exit pool without steps/stair



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 Registration Form to drop off or mail (universal CRC form)

Register Online (If you have a membership, contact us for login. 
If wanting to work at REC, please stop by the office to complete

an application and registration form for discount)



Download the manual, click the manual below

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LIFEGUARDING: Does this class not work for you?

Get on a list and when we have 5-10 individuals, we will create a class arranged around students schedule.

Contact McKenzie or Sarah by phone 712-792-5400 or email:







Download the lifeguard manual, click the manual below

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The Carroll Recreation Center will be offering a Lifeguard Instructor Course annually or bi-annually depending on need. This is a class that is a minimum of 21 hours 45 minutes, plus time for meals and breaks and changing clothes from land to water sessions. Before the first day of class, members will have to complete an online "pre-course" via the internet. You can be placed on a waitlist if interested in taking the class in the future - email LGIT McKenzie at

The last class was in July 2017.

  Registration form for Carroll Recreation Center classes