American Red Cross Training Classes

The City of Inverness holds aquatic American Red Cross classes at the Whispering Pines City Park pool facility. To enroll in one of the courses listed below or to inquire about course dates and times, contact Betty Pleacher, Aquatics Complex Coordinator, by dialing (352) 726-1995 or via email.

Lifeguard Training


Whispering Pines City Park Aquatic Complex will be offering the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification Class beginning with the Prerequisite Skills Test on Saturday, March 16th from 9 - 10 a.m. at the pool. After successfully completing skills test, registration is available. The Red Cross class is designed to give those that successfully complete the course the ability to recognize and respond to emergencies in and around pool environments. Student will have an understanding of patron surveillance, accident/injury prevention, CPR and first aid as well as many other professional skills.

The cost for the Lifeguard Certification class is $145 and will include seven hours of on-line course and twenty one hours of class/pool skill learning. The fee does not include the manual which can be downloaded or ordered as a hard copy from www.redcross.org at $35 per copy.

Prerequisite course will include:
  • Student must be 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson which is to be announced.
  • Student must demonstrate the ability to swim 300 yards, front crawl or breast stroke with rhythmic breathing, proper stroke, kick and glides.
  • Student must be able to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs and student must be able to complete a timed swim (no more than 1 minute, 40 seconds) recovering a 10 pound brick from 10 feet of water and return to the starting point 20 yards away.
Prerequisite Testing: Saturday, March 16th from  9 - 10 am
Class Dates: March 23rd thru March 26th 

Participant must register by March 13th, 2019. Limited space available.  
Registration is taking place at the Whispering Pines City Park Aquatic Complex. For other information, please call the Aquatics Complex at (352)726-1995.

Water Safety/Swim Lesson Instructor


Water Safety Instructor (WSI) courses are also held at the Whispering Pines City Park Pool facility on an annual basis when demand for the course is met. The WSI course certifies the successful candidate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become a swim lesson instructor at most swimming pool facilities in the country.

Classes for the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course will be announced at a later date. 

The prerequisite swim test consists of a demonstration of each stroke: Front, crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, elementary, backstroke and sidestroke for a distance of 25 yards and the butterfly stroke for 15 yards, all at a level 4 competency.  In addition, the potential candidate needs to be able to maintain a back float for 1 minute and to tread water for 1 minute.

The cost of the WSI course is $145 after successful completion of swim test. The fee does not include the manual which can be downloaded or ordered as a hard copy from www.redcross.org at $35 per copy.

Registration is taking place at the Whispering Pines City Park Aquatic Complex. For other information, please call the Aquatics Complex at (352)726-1995.

Upon completion of the course, the attendee receives certifications in Water Safety, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Swim Lessons and more!