• Must be 15 years old on or before final scheduled session of the course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Participants 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 only using the legs. Participants should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Complete a timed event in 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, into a depth of 7 to 10 feet and 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.
    Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions. There are no make-ups.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass final written exams with minimum grade of 80%.

Certificates Issued and Validity Period:

  • American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is valid for two years.
  • Waterfront Skills can be added for an additional cost and is valid for two years.

Lifeguard Re-Certification

  • Note: Participants must have non-expired American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certificate in order to be eligible to participate. All re-cert classes are 1 day and can be done as a stand alone class or on the second day of a 2-day class.

CPR /AED for the Professional Rescuer:

  • The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers program is to train professional level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. Participants also learn how to use breathing barriers and an AED.