Lifeguard Training

Red Cross Lifeguard Classes

Lifeguard Training Dates: February 16 - February 24th 

February Schedule

Red Cross Classes are held evenings and weekends at the Belle Fourche Community Center (1111 National Street, Belle Fourche, SD‎). Participants must be 15 years old by the first day of class. Those who successfully complete the swimming skills pretest given the first night will continue in the class. Those who do not complete the pretest will be given a full refund, tips on how to improve and they will be encouraged to try again. For more information, contact Brett.  The registration forms are available at the Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, and the Belle Fourche Community Center. Class size is limited. Registration and payment must be submitted to the Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center or Belle Fourche Community Center by March 11th . Completion of the Lifeguard training course does not guarantee a job at any facility. (To apply for a job at the City of Spearfish or the City of Belle Fourche you must be at least 16 years old.)


  • 1.Swim 300 yards continuously, using the front crawl or breaststroke. No time limit on this test.
  • 2.Swim 20 yards using breast stroke, or front crawl, surface dive to a minimum of 7’ retrieve a 10 pound diving brick, swim 20 yards carrying it, and get out of the pool without ladder. Timed Event: 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • 3.Tread water for 2 minutes only using your feet.

Participants must be 16 years old and able to swim for the WSI class. 

Registration Information:

Contact Brett 605-722-1430

Age Group:

15+ (Lifeguard Training Class)

16+ for WSI (Water Safety Instructor)

Program Cost:$225.00 (make checks to SRAC, or BFACC)