In response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, we are currently offering the American Red Cross Blended Learning program that allows the classroom portion to be completed at home. If you have access to a computer or tablet, and internet service, then we encourage you to register for the class. Please keep in mind that you are still required to pass the prerequisite skills test in order to complete the training, and the skills test (see below for requirements) will be held on the first day of in-person training at the pool before continuing the class. We are following CDC recommended guidelines and will update any changes as we learn more. Please feel free to email us if you have any other questions.
Our instructors are trained by the American Red Cross instructors for Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, AED, and Disease prevention. 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: 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 have Sessions throughout Spring and Early Summer. (You will just attend 1 session).
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 class session.
To participate in the course, you must be able to pass prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:
1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using any stroke or front crawl. This is not a timed event. You must be able to swim 12 laps continously in any form besides swimming on your back.
2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
The course is roughly 26 hrs over 3 or 4 days. The online portion takes roughly 7 hrs to complete, and the in-person portion is about 2 1/2 days. The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the course. Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every 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. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact me to discuss this before the course begins.
If you successfully complete our lifeguard certification class and demonstrate the abilities and maturity of a proper lifeguard, then you will have a position with us this summer! Be sure to submit your application early to ensure prime home pool placement!
Check out this great video that will show you what prerequisites are required to be able to take the lifeguard certification course.
Employees - $125.00
Non-Employees - $250.00
Non-Employees - $125.00
Please submit checks to the office no later then 7 days before class start date.
***Due to the social distancing restraints American Red Cross has developed a 120-day Extension Certification you can complete online to keep your current certification valid until you are able to take a Review Class. The Extension course is available at no cost. Please see the link below to get access to the extension course.
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 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.