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Katy Independent School District

Athletic Department


Become a Lifeguard Today.pngAmerican Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course

Katy ISD offers several lifeguard training courses throughout the year.  These courses are open to anyone who is 15 years of age and older.  Participants also must be able to pass a prerequisite swim test which has been set by the American Red Cross.  The details for this swim test are listed below. 

To Enroll in a Lifeguarding Course:

Email the following information to Sara Guthrie, Aquatics Coordinator at

​- Participant Name

- Participant Phone Number

- Participant Email Address

- Participant Mailing Address

- Participant Date of Birth

- State the Session Dates wanting to attend​

​A confirmation email will be send back to the participant when registered.

All our Lifeguard Training Courses are now Blended Leaning.   This means all videos and Lecture must be completed on-line before the first day of " Skills Sessions".  To access the web-based blended learning portion of the course click on the link below​.  You will need to create a log-in ID and Password.  Also for this link to open you will need to turn off pop-up​​​ blocker in your tool bar.  Once you have completed the on-line portion of this course please print the "Completion Report" and bring it with you to the skills sessions.

To complete the course and receive a certificate participants must pass a written exam with 80% correct and pass skills test scenarios.  The American Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate includes CPR, First Aid, AED and Lifeguarding for a 2 year period.

Please check this web-page before any course  for updates and/or changes on skills session locations.

Session​​DatesTimesActivityClass Openings
Fall 1
Prior to September 15
Friday, September 15
Saturday, September 16
Sunday, September 17
On-Line Course (7 hours)
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (2 hours)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (9hours)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.​​ (9 hours)
Total Hours = 27 hours
Internet Based Video & Lecture
Prerequisite Swim Test
Skills Practice
Skills Practice & Testing

Course Cancelled
​Fall 2
​Prior to October 20
​Friday, October 20
Saturday, October 21
Sunday, October 22
​​On-Line Course (7 hours)
​5p.m. - 7 p.m. (2 hours)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (9 hours)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (9 hours)
Total Hours = 27 hours
Internet Based Video & Lecture
Prerequisite Swim Test
Skills Practice
Skills Practice & Testing
Registration is Open

Address for

Training Site:

Obra D. Tompkins High School

4400 Falcon Landing Blvd.

Katy TX 77494

​Meet in the "Team Room" inside the natatorium  (behind the trampoline and across from the bleachers).


Please be prepared for the following before the skills sessions:​

1​​.  Bring payment of $200 in cash or check (payable to Katy ISD).  Cash payments must be the exact amount, instructors will not be able to make change.  Payments will be taken once the participant has successfully completed the prerequisite swim test.

2.  Come ready to swim.  Girls need to wear a sport swim suit.  Boys need to wear swim trunks.  All swim wear should be appropriate school attire. 

3.  A dry change of clothes is recommended.

4.  Two towels each day

5.  Goggles are needed during underwater skills practice on all days of training

6.  Participants are welcome to bring food/snacks and drinks however a lunch break will be given sometime between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  on full days and depending on the progress of the class.

7.  Participant's should download the Lifeguard Manual (link is on the right of this page). Please review the manual prior to starting class. Hard copies of the manual will be available during the course but are not provided to participants​ to keep.

​Prerequisite Swim Test - This test is given at the beginning of the skills session.  The skills listed below must be met to continue in the course. 

1.  Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.

2.  Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.  Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both strokes.  Swimming on the back or side is not permitted.  Swim goggles may be worn during this portion of the prerequisite swim test.

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

4.  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 permitted during this portion of the prerequisite swim test.​
  • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 1-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.
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