Red Cross Training & Certifications

Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Course

The AFO Course is a two-day training program and is designed to meet the needs of those working in public and semipublic recreational pool or water park facilities. The AFO Course offers unique discussions on risk management, pool management, training in proper water chemistry and water chemistry challenges/solutions. Upon successful completion of the AFO Course and open book exam, participants will be certified for 5 years by the National Certification Board in coordination with the National Recreation and Park Association.

$295 includes instruction, all certification fees, course text, exam fees and light snacks. CEM Sales and Service will be generously catering lunch on Saturday of each course.

Register at and select the course under the Course Registration tab or contact us for a registration form.

Renewal: $119 Exam Only, must hold "current" AFO certificate.

We strongly encourage early registration so that you may receive your course text and materials well in advance of the course.


Lifeguard Training

Training will resume in May 2017 

The American Red Cross Lifeguard training  course has both in-water and classroom requirements. Participants must be at least 15 years old and able to complete the perquisite required skills. Upon successful class completion participants will have a two year certification in Lifeguard Training and CPR-PR. 

Required Skills Test:
Prior to class participation all candidates must complete a swimming test which includes:  a 300 yard continuous swim (in this order: 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing propellant kick, rhythmic breathing can be performed to either the front or side, 100 yds. of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence, 100 yds. of either front crawl or breast stroke), a 20 yard swim to a deep water, 10 lb brick retrieval and return to start in 1 minute 40 seconds and  2 minutes of treading water.  Participants will be given recovery time between each required skill.   

The Stapleton MCA offers lifeguard training classes at our outdoor facilities.  Those interested in employment as a lifeguard may also consider contacting area municipalities with indoor facilities to inquire about their course schedules.  Click Here to see class offerings at other municipalities.

For information regarding our training reimbursement program please email: