Aquatics and Safety

The Aquatic Center at Swinney also serves the UMKC and the Kansas City community with athletic practices, rentals, and American Red Cross training courses.

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For more information or to sign up for a course, please contact Avery Brotherton


What We Offer:

When you understand first aid, you'll gain the ability to help those in need. Through our first aid certification classes you'll learn how to respond to specific situations, which will help you care for people in crisis as they wait for medical professionals to arrive.

CPR/AED will prepare you to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session.

Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross lifeguard training. Our courses are designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. With our lifeguard training, you will learn how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard while also understanding the crucial elements in helping to prevent drownings and injuries.

Students must pass a pre-course water assessment prior to taking lifeguarding courses (outlined below).

Water Assessment:

Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.

  • Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Swim goggles may be used.

Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. 

  • Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
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 allowed.
  • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-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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