Conference Schedule


Nancy Norton – Keynote Speaker/Comedian – Lafayette, Colorado – Nancy has been headlining comedy clubs and conferences for over twenty years.   As a former registered nurse, Nancy combines comedy and her healthcare knowledge to shows the many health benefits of humor.  Nancy seamlessly integrates both education and entertainment during her presentations.  Nancy’s sessions provide experiential learning as attendees benefit from humor while laughing during her presentations.  Nancy’s presentations will include:

“Find Your Ahahaha Moments” – April 22, 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Keynote Session:  This seminar will introduce the concepts surrounding the power of humor and how it applies to Parks & Recreation professionals.  These concepts can lead to strengthened team building, added resilience to stay the course, enhanced creative problem solving, health benefits, reduced stress, anxiety and fear, mood elevation, increased job retention and joy in your life.

“Practicing Playful Presence” – April 23, 2019, 8:30am-10:00am, Breakout Session 6:  This seminar will utilize improv teambuilding exercise and games proving that you don’t have to be funny, just willing to be in the present moment…for now.  That is where the joy is in life.

Julie Boland, CPRE, CAE – Vice President of Membership & Certification – National Recreation & Park Association - Ashbun, VA – In Julie’s role, she develops and oversees the National Recreation & Park Association’s membership and certification initiatives. Julie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Purdue University and has been working in the field of parks and recreation since 2000. Prior to her time with NRPA, she served as a Parks Director in Northwest Indiana.  Julie has also held the following positions with NRPA: Certification Manager, Senior Manager of Membership and Director of Membership. Julie’s presentation will include:

“The Benefits of NRPA Certification & Accreditation” – April 22, 2019, 4:15pm – 5:15pm, Breakout Session 1: Our citizens depend on parks and recreation to improve quality of life, promote community and encourage wellness. National certification and accreditation are marks of distinction and trust. They signify to the public that you are a serious parks and recreation professional and agency committed to the highest service, education and professional excellence.  This session will provide professionals with an overview of the NRPA administered certification programs (Certified Park and Recreation Professional-CPRP, Certified Park and Recreation Executive-CPRE, Aquatic Facility Operator-AFO, Certified Playground Safety Inspector-CPSI) and agency accreditation program (Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies-CAPRA).

Marketing PanelDevin Stalder (Moderator) – Recreation Program Supervisor – City of Laramie Parks & Recreation Department - Laramie, WY -  Devin has held several positions in the Laramie Parks & Recreation Department and has had the unique opportunity to see the organization from many levels. This experience has given him the ability to manage his facilities to the fullest of their potential and has resulted in a steady increase in our programming and revenues over the last 5 years.  Devin has developed a group of panelists including:  Mel Jones (Panelist) – Graphic Design/Marketing Part-Time – Laramie Parks & Recreation Department, Inez Wildenborg (Panelist) – Administrative Assistant – Laramie Parks & Recreation Department, Jessica Brauer (Panelist) – Communications Coordinator – Laramie Main Street, Mike Gray (Panelist) – Assistant Director – Visit Laramie, Tyler Shevling (Panelist) – Mosquito Control Supervisor - Laramie Parks & Recreation Department.  This presentation will include:

 “A Look at Laramie’s - Marketing Driven Development” – April 22, 2019, 4:15pm-5:15pm, Breakout Session 2:  In a rapidly developing world marketing has become friend and foe. What works? How do you know? Is there a correct answer? We have brought together a handful of local Laramie professionals to address their unique marketing strategies that have reaped reward in their organizations. From drones to gorilla marketing, we will cover real examples and tools that can be applied to your organization!

Randy Overstreet – City Arborist – City of Laramie, Parks & Recreation Department -  Laramie, WY – Randy is the City Arborist with the City of Laramie Parks & Recreation Department. Randy provides all aspects of management for trees in city parks, the city cemetery, around city buildings and parking lots. Randy oversees code enforcement notification on property owners with hazard trees affecting the public right-of-way. Randy’s presentation will include:

“All Things Forestry Related” – April 22, 2019, 4:15pm-5:15pm, Breakout Session 3:  This seminar will in three presentations.  The first presentation will cover slacklines & hammocks in city parks, their effect on trees and the City of Laramie’s proposed alternative anchoring system intended to help develop a new recreational activity.  The second presentation will be an examination of the cost savings of using a gravel bed to propagate bareroot trees through the summer months, implementing a late summer/early fall planting schedule and the benefits of the gravel bed trees.  The final presentation will provide an overview of the trees located in Laramie’s park system and the program utilized to provide for their care.

Dan McCoy – Associate Lecturer and Degree Coordinator - Haub School of Environment, University of Wyoming - Laramie, WY –Dan McCoy joined the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources in 2017 as Associate Lecturer and Degree Coordinator for UW’s newest undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management. He has extensive experience in the fields of outdoor leadership, education, and recreation. He ran the University of Wyoming Outdoor Program from 1999 to 2017, building it into a first-class resource for outdoor equipment rentals, outings, and leadership training for UW students, staff, and faculty and overseeing the Half Acre Gymnasium climbing wall. As Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, starting in 2008, Dan oversaw most all programs and services of Campus Recreation including aquatics, safety training, fitness programs, personal training, club and intramural sports, and facility operations. Dan holds several certifications and associations relevant to outdoor recreation and tourism including Wilderness First Responder, Level II avalanche and avalanche instructor, PADI Open Water Diver, LNT Master Educator, and Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (NRPA). Dan has been an instructor for the UW Department of Kinesiology and Health, a participant in creating the Outdoor Leadership Minor at UW, a board member of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), a member of the City of Laramie Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee, and the Wyoming State Advocate for the Center for Outdoor Ethics, Leave No Trace. Prior to his time at UW, Dan worked for the Wilderness Institute in Missoula as a field instructor, Longacre Expeditions as a course director, and Sweet Briar College as the Outdoor Program and Student Activities Coordinator.   Education PhD Educational Administration, University of Wyoming, anticipated May 2019 MA Adult and Postsecondary Education, University of Wyoming, 2013 BS Recreation Management, University of Montana, 1997 Semester in Patagonia, National Outdoor Leadership School, 1994.  Dan’s presentation will include:

“The Growing Importance of Outdoor Recreation in the West” – April 23, 2019, 8:30am-10:00am, Breakout Session 5:  This seminar will cover the latest developments in outdoor recreation in the west. Included in this seminar are items such as a definition of outdoor recreation, economic impact, ties to tourism, participation numbers, and recent trends. We will discuss how UW developed a degree program to support this industry, and the growing trend of state outdoor recreation offices (and their functions). We will discuss how municipal parks and recreation programs and services can tie into (and can be part of) the outdoor recreation economy.  Dan will co-present with Domenic Bravo Wyoming State Parks Historic Sites and Trails, Division Administrator.

Devin Stalder – Recreation Program Supervisor - City of Laramie Parks & Recreation – Recreation Program Supervisor – City of Laramie Parks & Recreation Department - Laramie, WY -  Devin has held several positions in the Laramie Parks & Recreation Department and has had the unique opportunity to see the organization from many levels. This experience has given him the ability to manage his facilities to the fullest of their potential and has resulted in a steady increase in our programming and revenues over the last 5 years.   Dan’s presentation will include:

“Ice Centers – Need I Say More?” – April 24, 2019, 8:30am-10:00am, Breakout Session 7:  This seminar will review the tremendous growth that the Laramie Ice & Event Center has experience over the last 3 years. From 2015 to 2018 we have seen an increase of 2,000 admissions, 150 Learn-to-Skate registrations, and $30,000 in revenue. In 2019 we anticipate an increase of an additional 5%-7% in these same areas. These increases in usage have given us the ability to hold a spot on our recently approved Special Purpose Tax Ballot that should help us expand our facility and offerings in the near future.   What happened?  Devin will take an in-depth look at the cultural shifts that have helped in the development of the Laramie Ice & Event Center. He will cover topics that have assisted in these shifts including philosophies on ice and summer season programming, recruiting and retention of high caliber staff, marketing and promotions for small communities and how to effectively work with your users.  He will draw real examples from the Laramie Ice & Event Center and help you apply our techniques to your facility.

Melissa Martin – Communication Consultant - Mmartin Communication - Cheyenne, Wyoming - An instructor for credit and non-credit college communication classes as well as the owner of MMartin Communication.  Facilitating a group is Melissa’s passion. She thrives on helping participants realize their individual and team potential. Melissa’s goal with every encounter is to help people create a more cohesive work environment. Participants have appreciated her activity and discussion-based facilitation style that allows them to internalize the material gaining a more individualized result. Participants will learn to celebrate their own strengths and how to bring out the strengths of their team members. Melissa believes that Parks & Recreation professionals must work with each other and their community to increase community engagement, create positive customer service interactions and healthy workplace relationships.  Melissa’s presentations will include:

“Communicating Your Passion” – April 23, 2019, 10:15am – 11:45am, General Session: The most powerful employees have passion in their vision.  Channeling your passion and the passion of those around you is imperative to your personal and professional satisfaction.  This participatory session will address how to communication your passion personally and professionally.  Topics that will be included are: perception, verbal and non-verbal communication.

“Coaching Your People” – April 23, 2019, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Breakout Session 15: How your team interacts with one another is vital to employee retention, creating a pro-active environment and creating positive interaction with customers.  This session will identify the importance of coaching across all levels of internal co-workers and external customers.  Topics that will be in included are: coaching, empowering yourself and others, defining roles.

“Customers as Your Purpose” – April 23, 2019, 3:45pm – 4:45pm, Breakout Session 19: Beyond facility management and municipal budgets, Parks & Recreation Departments exist to serve their community by providing opportunities to improved health and quality of life.  This session will help participants assess who is the “face” of their departments and how to radiate purpose in each customer interaction.  Topics that will be included are: customer service, communication with full-time and provisional staff members. 

Sarah Lisiecki – Marketing Communications Specialist – BCI Burke Playgrounds - Fond du Lac, WI – Sarah combines a passion for play, the outdoors and movement with years of marketing and speaking experience. She studied Communications and Political Science at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and obtained her Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification. As an advocate for play as a critical part of development, she serves on the Steering Committee of the US Play Coalition and presents at a variety of conferences, Lunch & Learns and other events. She spends her spare time hiking, running, biking and climbing with loved ones and of course, her two rescue dogs.  BCI Burke Playgrounds has given Sarah the opportunity to combine a passion for parks and the outdoors with spreading the word about how these special spaces can enrich and enhance our lives and communities.   Sarah’s presentation will include:

“Combating Obesity – The Role of Parks & Recreation” – April 23, 2019, 8:30am – 10:00am, Breakout Session 9:  During this seminar, we will be discussing the role of Parks and Recreation in combating obesity and health impacts in the U.S through outdoor fitness spaces. This is relevant to the Park and Recreation Professional Community because obesity rates in the U.S. have reached epic numbers and correlate to significant health and economic impacts. Outdoor obstacle courses in public green spaces can provide appealing, effective, and free training equipment to the community to help increase physical activity. We will review the theories of obstacle course training, fundamental exercise sites and compliance and guidelines for their design and installation.  Information will be presented through a presentation, videos, discussion and question/answer.  Learning objectives include: 1) Explain how obstacle course training may increase participation in exercise and encourage participation in strength and mobility training; 2) Describe the fundamental exercise activities included in obstacle course training and the types of outdoor fitness equipment required to safely and effectively perform those activities; 3) Select an appropriate site for a public obstacle course and recall relevant ASTM standards and ADA compliance requirements; 4) Describe safety concerns related to the use and maintenance of outdoor obstacle courses and mitigation strategies.

Deborah Cease – Superintendent - Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site - Laramie, WY – Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources -  Deborah’s passion is managing parks while providing safe access for visitors while protecting the historic resource.  This requires knowledge of recreation trends and generational characteristics of park use.  Deborah has been a park/site Superintendent for 11 years with Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.  Working at the Historic Governors' Mansion before her move to the Wyoming Territorial Prison.  Deborah’s past employment includes: Executive Director for the Butler County History Center in Kansas; Education Coordinator at Kansas State History Center; Education Director at the Kansas Oil Museum.  She has delivered over 100 historical talks across the Midwest region. Deborah has also lectured at national professional seminars and conferences on subjects of exploring interpretation trends, museum education, and leading with empowerment.  Deborah’s presentation will include:

“The 8 Steps to Successful Event Planning” – April 23, 2019, 1:15pm – 2:15pm, Breakout Session 10:  Wyoming State Parks' mission is to provide memorable recreational, cultural and educational opportunities and experiences to improve communities and enrich lives. Those served by this agency enjoy Wyoming's arts, parks and history through a combination of responsible recreation, preservation, education, outreach, planning, granting, conservation, public safety, economic impact and development.  Wyoming State Parks manages 40 facilities that include state parks, historic sites, and archaeological sites.  The presentation will cover the 8 Steps to plan and organize almost any type of an event. The group will examine every aspect that make events successful and memorable. 

Robert McDonald – Chief Executive Officer – Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC) - Denver, CO – As OLC’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob oversees Sports, Recreation and Medical Wellness Design efforts.  Some of Bob’s most notable projects include his first design commission, a flagship recreation center in his hometown of Laramie, Wyoming; and the Estes Valley Community Center nestled at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. Bob is a public speaker, both as a focus group facilitator and as an industry thought leader, at national conferences for various Parks and Recreation Associations, the Athletic Business Magazine, and the Medical Fitness Association (MFA).  Bob’s presentation will include:

“Designing the Laramie Community Recreation and Ice & Event Centers” – April 23, 2019, 1:15pm – 2:15pm, Breakout Session 11: This seminar will discuss the design and use of public recreation centers, including programmatic components such as leisure and competitive aquatics, gymnasiums, fitness uses and ice arenas.  The Laramie Community Recreation and Ice & Event Centers, the site of the 2019 Midwest Regional Conference is being held, will be used as a hands-on case study, where participants will be able to learn about the thoughts and ideas that went into the design, see firsthand how the facilities are being used, and hear from the Architect and Recreation Manager the lessons learned over the past 14 years of operation.

Dennis Cease – Chief of Law Enforcement Operations – Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources -  Laramie, WY - Dennis has have 40 years of Law Enforcement experience in a variety of fields (patrol enforcement, academy/FTO instructor, special operations operator, narcotics investigator, human smuggling investigator, wildlife investigator, internal affairs investigator, technical surveillance investigator, general criminal investigator, and supervisor.)  Past Employment, 28 years Maryland Natural Resources Police; Field Enforcement, Special Operations Investigator, Academy Instructor, and Supervisor.  I attended Charles County Community College, studying Estuarine Research Technology and Criminal Justice. Attended Maryland Natural Resources Police Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, certified as a Practitioner Lecturer to instruct certified Police Officers in Maryland and Wyoming, and Certified Public Manager - Laramie Community College.  Advanced Leadership; Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy Instructor, Laramie County DUI Task Force member, past State Board member Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association, Past State of Wyoming Seatbelt Coalition member, Wyoming Supreme Court Bond Scheduling Committee member, Past State of Wyoming Public Safety Communication Commissioner, Wyoming Law Enforcement Memorial Committee member, and Park Law Enforcement Association Board member. Dennis’ presentation will include:

“Community Policing in State Pars” – April 23, 2019, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Breakout Session 13:  Wyoming State Parks' mission is to provide memorable recreational, cultural and educational opportunities and experiences to improve communities and enrich lives. Those served by this agency enjoy Wyoming's arts, parks and history through a combination of responsible recreation, preservation, education, outreach, planning, granting, conservation, public safety, economic impact and development.  Wyoming State Parks manages 40 facilities that include state parks, historic sites, and archaeological sites.  The Law Enforcement Program includes 15 full-time Rangers; 35 part-time Rangers, and 5-10 Reserve Rangers, Specialty Rangers; 4 Mounted Patrol Rangers, 2 Mountain Bike Patrol Rangers.  This presentation will cover the advantages and disadvantages of community policing.  This type of policing demonstrates how Rangers and park visitors come together to solve issues and prevent crime and other problems within the park, creating mutual partnerships. 

TBD – ADA Specialist – Rocky Mountain ADA Center - Colorado Springs, CO – The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is one of ten centers that provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and has been in existence since the law was passed in 1990.  The RMADAC serves six states, including Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, providing guidance for anyone who has rights and/or responsibilities under the law.  Parks and Recreation usually fall under Title II of the ADA, and the RMADAC has worked with many Parks and Recreation Departments to help sort out the many facets of the ADA as it relates to their field.  RMADA’s presentations will include:

“Service Animals & Recreational Venues” – April 23, 2019, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Breakout Session 14:  This session will discuss what the ADA says about service animals (SAs), as well as other laws that may also apply to federally funded programs.  The session will provide direction on how to determine if a SA is a SA and not just a pet; what can be asked of the handler of a SA; can a SA ever be excluded or asked to be removed; is a dog the only species that can be a SA; and much more.  There will be opportunities for questions from the audience. 

“ADA 2010 Standards – A Snapshot” – April 23, 2019, 3:45pm – 4:45pm, Breakout Session 18:  This session will include an overview of the ADA 2010 Standards, including relevant updates or upcoming changes.  There will be opportunities for questions from the audience. 

Domenic Bravo, CPM – Administrator – Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites Trails and Outdoor Recreation Office - Cheyenne, WY – Domenic was born in Pueblo, Colorado.  He received his B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management (minor is Spatial Information Management Systems) from Colorado State University.   While working in Nevada, as a Park Ranger, he received his M.S. in Park and Resource Management. While working as a Park Supervisor in Carson City, Nevada, Domenic received his Certified Public Manager certification.   As a law Enforcement Ranger, he has also had extensive training in Law Enforcement, EMS, and Rescue.  Domenic was appointed to his position as Administrator for the State of Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails on June 1, 2008.  He was voted in as President of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), in 2014, serving a 2-year term. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt, fish, off-road, hike, mountain bike and backpack. Domenic’s presentation will include:

“Finding Relevancy in the Parks & Recreation Industry” – April 23, 2019, 3:45pm-4:45pm, Breakout Session 17:  This seminar will explore the why?, non-traditional views in our industry, difference makers, political process and how it can all redefine relevancy.

Mike Malloy – Park Crew Supervisor – City of Laramie, Parks & Recreation Department -  Laramie, WY –  Mike has been with the Laramie Parks Division for over 16 years.  He has held a variety of positions with the majority of his tenure in athletic field maintenance.  Mike’s passion is to provide the best and safest playing surfaces for the variety of user groups who use his facilities.  Mike’s presentation will include:

“High Altitude Athletic Field Maintenance” – April 24, 2019, 8:30am-10:00am, Breakout Session 21:  This seminar will focus on the maintenance of high altitude athletic fields on a shoe string budget.  Mike will cover the day to day operations of athletic field maintenance, early season preparation, the differences between summer, fall and winter field maintenance.

Public Art PanelJodi Guerin (Moderator) – Recreation Manager – City of Laramie Parks & Recreation Department - Laramie, WY -  Jodi is currently the Recreation Manager for the City of Laramie, Parks & Recreation Department.  Jodi was responsible for writing a grant to the National Endowment for the Arts that developed the Laramie Public Art Plan and served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of the Laramie Public Art Coalition.  Jodi has developed a group of panelists including:  Ellen Martin (Panelist) – Public Art Administrator – Ft. Collins, CO, Roberta Bloom (Panelist) – Public Art Coordinator - Aurora CO, Mandy Vink (Panelist) – Boulder Public Art Administrator – Boulder, CO, Clair Swinford (Panelist) – Urban Engagement Manager – Colorado Springs, CO, Trey Sherwood (Panelist) – Laramie Main Street Director, Laramie, WY.  This presentation will include:

“The Value of Public Art” – April 24, 2019, 8:30am – 10:00am, Breakout Session 22:  This group of panelists have extensive experience in the development of public art and will cover topics including: the value of public art, how and why a public art organization may be created, the advantages and disadvantages of different home organizations and best practices related to the procurement, implementation and maintenance of public art.  Time will be allocated at the end for questions from the group.

Lauren Sloan – SSCI – Southeastern Security Consultants Inc -  Lauren has been with SSCI for three years. She has been attending Parks and Recreation state annual conferences for the past year educating agencies on the importance of background screenings. She has worked in every department within SSCI and has been major key player in the parks and recreation background screening needs.  Lauren has spoken at the majority of Park and Recreation conferences over the last 3 years about what it takes to meet the national standard.  SSCI is a background screening provider servicing over 3,000+ Park and Recreation agencies across the nation. SSCI is dedicated in educating and providing screenings to Park and Recreation staff for volunteers, coaches, instructors, contractors, employment and HR. SSCI created the guidelines for screenings that are being used today by NRPA.  SSCI is also providing screenings to 55 of the 57 olympic committees and all of the user groups associated with them at a state level. Lauren’s presentation will include:

“TBD” – April 24, 2019, 8:30am – 10:00am, Breakout Session 23:  Over the last 10 years, there has been an abundant number of deficiencies identified in the traditional methods utilized to screen volunteers.  These deficiencies are falling significantly short of the due diligent employment screening practices, which have placed all volunteer dependent organizations and their members at serious risk! Addressing the need to upgrade background screening for volunteers can no longer be pushed to the side. City departments need to keep known “high-risk” individuals from gaining access to children on public facilities under their control. Low cost or local law enforcement programs leave a dangerously large number of criminal records going undiscovered and leaving the agency at risk for falling under the national standards. In this session, learn more about this issue and ways to protect your city and youth programs.

Jayni Rasmussen – Advocacy & Outreach Manager – National Recreation & Park Association - Washington, D.C. - As Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation & Park Association, Jayni manages the organization's advocacy efforts, including the Park Champion initiative. The Park Champion initiative engages park and recreation professionals and community advocates to invite their members of Congress to visit their parks and programs first-hand. Jayni works closely with members and non-members alike, providing online education materials, toolkits and conducting in-person trainings to equip advocates to fight for the future of parks and recreation.  Jayni’s presentation will include:

“NRPA’s Park Champion Initiative” – April 24, 2019, 10:30am – 12:00pm, Closing Session: NRPA’s Park Champion initiative is an award-winning, innovative grassroots advocacy program that works to strengthen relationships between park and recreation agencies and elected officials at all levels of government. By inviting elected officials, especially members of Congress, to site visits and special events, park and recreation agencies across the country are demonstrating first-hand the importance of investing in local parks and recreation.  During this session, learn how your agency can use your unbeatable assets – your parks, programs, and facilities - to make the case for funding, build allies and draw attention to your work.

Desiree Vapenik – Aquatics Manager – City of Cheyenne – Cheyenne, WY – Desiree is excited to host the American Red Cross LGI/LGIT Review Course in conjunction with the 2019 Midwest Regional Parks & Recreation Conference in Laramie, Wyoming.  Desiree will be joined by Chase Judd - Aquatic Supervisor – Pinedale, WY and Brad Hatch – Recreation & Aquatics Supervisor – Evanston, WY.  Their session will include:

“American Red Cross LGI/LGIT Review Course” – April 24, 2019, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, Aquatic Session: There is no fee for this review course, however, you must bring all your own supplies including: Swim gear, hip pack, CPR Mask, Lifeguard Manual and Lifeguard Instructor Manual.  Please note that the skills session during the review course is intended to polish skills and ensure consistency of Red Cross program skills and knowledge through each Instructor or Instructor Trainer. This review session is not intended to teach these new skills. Please practice the skills ahead of time.  You will complete the lifeguard course prerequisites as a warm up to the skills session: swim 300 yards continuously using either front crawl or breast stroke, tread water using only the legs for two minutes, retrieve a 10 lb. brick from an 8-foot depth and return to the starting position; exit the water without using a ladder.  Requirements for course completion are: Attend the full class session, complete class activities and participate in all group discussions, and demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.  As a reminder you should bring a swimsuit, hip pack, CPR mask, towel, goggles, paper, writing utensil, lifeguard and lifeguard instructor manuals to the class. We will take breaks as needed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Desiree at 307-637-6456 or  You may or may not be familiar with the concept of Teach to the standard; test to the objective. This is a critical component of any basic-level course that the Red Cross offers. As you will be participating in an Instructor-Level Review course, your skills must be to standard. As someone who intends to teach others, your skills are required to be standard. If your skills are not at the Red Cross standard, you will not receive course completion.