Lifeguard Certification Course


The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Attached you will find a list of skills that will be covered in this course.

Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. 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.

To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session. To participate in the Lifeguarding course, you must be able to demonstrate the following skills:

Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:

  • 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing with your face in the water and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front.
  • 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
  • 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.

Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7–10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands on the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

The 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.


                                     Course Schedule

Tuesday, April 18 9-10 a.m. Prerequisit Swim
Tuesday, April 18 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 20 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, April 21 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.