Ready to save a life? This is the course for you.
This class is for those who want to get certified in the necessary rescue skills to become a lifeguard. This course is for first time participants as well as those American Red Cross lifeguards whose certification is more than 30 days expired, and lifeguards who need to transfer from other organizations (ie YMCA, BSA, Ellis, etc).
Please keep in mind that taking this class does not ensure you a lifeguard job after completion.
Note: This is a blended learning opportunity. Online course completion will be assigned and required
- Must be 15 years old by the end of the course; proof of age will be required on the first day.
- Must complete a continuous 300 yard swim with rhythmic breathing using any combination of front crawl and breaststroke; Goggles allowed
- Must tread water for 2 minutes using only legs.
- Must swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10 lb brick from a depth of 7-10 feet, swim 20 yards with the brick using legs only, and exit the pool without using a ladder or stairs within a minute and 40 seconds; Goggles NOT allowed.
To Obtain Certification:
- Must successfully complete the course pre-requisites
- Attend all class sessions (no exceptions)
- Demonstrate competency in all rescue skills- see course objectives below
- Pass written exams with at least an 80%
- Demonstrate competency in all practical exams.
Successful lifeguard course participants will receive a 2 year Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification after learning surveillance and rescue skills, how to prevent injuries, First aid training, professional rescuer CPR/AED, and Professional lifeguard responsibilities.
$250 includes electronic manuals and Adult/Pediatric Rescue Masks
▪ Describe the characteristics and responsibilities of a professional lifeguard.
▪ Explain how to fulfill the responsibilities of a professional lifeguard
▪ Define certain legal considerations and apply them to situations that might be encountered in
▪ Describe ongoing training for lifeguards.
▪ Describe what it means to work as part of a lifeguard and safety team.
▪ Describe the role lifeguards play in ensuring facility safety.
▪ Identify how to ensure the safety of patrons when weather conditions create safety concerns.
▪ Describe the role that facility management plays in facility safety.
▪ Describe the drowning process.
▪ Identify the behaviors of a swimmer, distressed swimmer, and an active and a passive victim.
▪ Identify and define elements of effective surveillance.
▪ Explain proper scanning techniques and identify tactics to overcome scanning challenges.
Identify various types of zones of surveillance.
▪ Explain how communication with patrons plays a role in preventing
▪ Explain patron surveillance techniques for various activities.
▪ Identify how to recognize and care for a victim of poisoning, heat-related illnesses and cold-
▪ Demonstrate the ability to work as a team to implement an EAP, perform a secondary
assessment and provide first aid care.
▪ Identify possible causes of head, neck or spinal injuries on land.
▪ Identify signs and symptoms of head, neck or spinal injuries.
▪ Demonstrate how to care for victims with head, neck or spinal injuries on land.
▪ Demonstrate how to perform front and rear head-hold escapes.
▪ Demonstrate how to give in-water ventilations.
▪ Demonstrate how to perform a quick extrication of a victim from the water.
▪ Demonstrate how to care for victims with head, neck and spinal injuries in shallow and deep
▪ Demonstrate how to care for a victim with a head, neck or spinal injury in shallow water.
▪ Demonstrate how to rescue an active victim in deep water.
▪ Demonstrate how to rescue a submerged passive victim in deep water and provide care.