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This December, the Kingsport Aquatic Center has multiple opportunities for you to learn a new skill—including learning how to teach others! Register now for a Lifeguard Training Course, Lifeguard Instructor Training or Water Safety Instructor Training.

“Water safety is a priority at our facility,” Director Kari Matheney said. “We always value the chance to pass on these important skills that help keep people safe in and around the water.”

All courses at the KAC are American Red Cross courses.

Water Safety Instructor Training
Pre-Test: December 4, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays December 7 – 21| 4 – 8 p.m.

The Purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress. You will earn an American Red Cross Health and Safety Services Instructor Certificate for Water Safety (valid for 2 years). Please register by 5 p.m. on December 3 for this course.

Lifeguard Training Course
Pre-test and operations set up: December 7-11
December 18, 4 – 8 p.m. | December 19 & 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | December 21, 12 – 3 p.m.

Learn to lifeguard! This course will provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness until emergency medical services personnel take over. You will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/ CPR/AED (valid for 2 years).

Lifeguard Instructor Training
December 28 – 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Interested in teaching others lifesaving skills? This class will train instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Blended learning, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training courses and/or modules. This course is approximately 21 hours in length. Please register by December 20 for this course.

All courses are $200 for KAC or YMCA members, and $225 for non-members. Please note that the required $75 deposit is non-refundable. For information on pre-requisites and registration, visit To learn more about the KAC, go to or call 423-343-9758.