We will begin Hiring for the 2024 Pool Season in January
We will begin Hiring for the 2024 Pool Season in January
We offer the American Red Cross Blended Learning program for Lifeguard Certification. Blended learning allows the classroom portion of the course to be completed online. Please see below for requirements and a quick demonstration of what the skills test will look like. We are following CDC recommended guidelines in response to the COVID pandemic and will update any changes as needed. Please feel free to email us if you have any other questions.
Our instructors are trained by the American Red Cross for Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, AED, and Disease prevention courses. By taking the Lifeguard Training Course, you will learn about the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out in a professional manner. You will also learn a number of lifeguarding techniques such as recognizing a medical emergency, surveillance, how to use rescue equipment for a distressed swimmer, active drowning victim, passive drowning victim, and how to care for someone who may have a head, neck, or back injury in deep and shallow water. We offer sessions throughout Spring and Early Summer.
Using the forms below, you will submit your payment through Stripe. If unable to pay online with a card, please contact the office for a separate form meant for cash, check, or installment payment plans. Under the installment plan, payment will be invoiced in 2 separate charges to your account. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call for more information.
The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled day of the class session.
The course consists of 7.5 hours of online material, and 19.5 hrs of in-person training held over 2 1/2 days. The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the in-person course. Please bring a swimsuit and towel to each day of the in-person class. To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities, and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.
The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. We encourage all participants to check with their health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in course activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact our office to discuss before enrolling in a session.
To participate in the course, you must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:
(please see the short video below for a demonstration)
1. Swim 300 yards, using any stroke or front crawl. You must be able to swim 12 laps continuously in any form besides swimming on your back. This is not a timed event.
2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You will be required to place your hands under your armpits while treading.
3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, and 40 seconds.
The steps for the event are as follows:
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If expiring with ARC this summer, current and potential GCA Employees should sign up to recertify below!
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The Review Course is for those that currently hold an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification but is about to expire. This is a 2-day Review Course to be certified for another 2 years. You must be able to provide a copy of your current Lifeguard Certification - You will upload the certificate when you complete the Lifeguard Registration. You can easily get a copy of your certificate on the American Red Cross website (A link is available in the registration form) You may take the Review up to 30 days past your current expiration date, after 30 days, you will be required to take the full course.
Employees - $125.00*
Non-Employees - $350.00
Review (Recertification for those due to expire this season)
Employees - $90.00*
Non-Employees - $250.00
You must indicate you are interested in working for us by completing an application to qualify for the discount at the time of registration.
Payment must be received to secure your spot in a session. If a class has reached maximum, and payment hasn't been received, you will be moved to the next available session. (You will be notified via email & phone if the class is almost at max and/or there have been changes to the registered dates/times.)
A full refund will be given if participant cancels at least 7 days prior to the start of the in-person session. If a cancellation is requested 6 days or less prior to the start date of the in-person session, we will issue a 50% refund. Cancelling the registration on the day before or the day of the class start date will not receive a refund.
*We offer scholarships to cover the cost of the class to potential employees interested in certification/review courses. Please email email@example.com for more information about this payment option.
If you train with us and successfully complete our lifeguard certification class, properly demonstrating the abilities and maturity of a professional lifeguard, then you will have a position with us this summer! Be sure to submit your application early to ensure prime home pool placement! The job application is on the Employment page. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions or concerns.
You will receive an email from Info@gulfcoastaquatics.com after registering or making a payment for a class. Once the online portion of the training is completed, American Red Cross will send an email for confirmation of completion. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you don't see the expected emails!
Check out this great video that will show you how we test your skills and what prerequisites are required to be able to take the lifeguard certification course.