Lifeguard Training & Certification

Lifeguard Training

Minimum age: 15 years old by the last day of class.
Become an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard! After successful completion, the American Red Cross will issue certificates in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and Administering Emergency Oxygen. Students should bring lunch each day. Required prerequisites must be successfully completed on the first day of class.

No Lifeguard Training classes currently scheduled.


Lifeguard Training Review


Minimum Age: 16 years old
For those who have taken a lifeguard training course and need to renew their certifications. Course includes lecture and video review, skills practice and testing (written and skills). Upon successful completion the American Red Cross will issue certificates in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. Bring lunch. Lifeguard manuals and resuscitation masks are available for an additional fee when registering.

Students must have current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification or certification that has been expired for less than 30 days, and must bring evidence of their most recent certification to first day of class.

This class is NOT appropriate for students who have never taken the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course.

We recommend review students study ahead of the in-person sessions.  You can review lifeguard course content and watch video segments by creating an account with the American Red Cross here.

No Lifeguard Review classes currently scheduled. 

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Lifeguard Training and Lifeguard Training Review Prerequisites

Prerequisite swimming skills will be done at the beginning of the first class.

  • Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing (freestyle and breaststroke only)
  • Tread water for two minutes using only the legs
  • Swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10-pound object from 7 to 10 feet of water, swim 20-yards on the back to the starting point with both hands holding the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute 40 seconds

Certification Requirements for Lifeguard Training and Lifeguard Training Review Courses

To receive American Red Cross certification, participants must:

  1. Pass all course prerequisites,
  2. Attend all class sessions in their entirety,
  3. Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities,
  4. Demonstrate competency in the final skills scenarios, and
  5. Correctly answer 80% of the questions on the final written exam.

Failure to meet the course prerequisites, attend all classes in their entirety, demonstrate competency in skills, or failure of the written test will result in forfeiture of class fees and certification will not be granted.

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Lifeguard Instructor Course

This course trains instructor candidates to teach the basic-level American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses. Students must have a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate, successfully complete the Online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course in the American Red Cross Learning Center before the first class (details will be given after registering) and successfully pass the prerequisite skills on the first day. $35 must be paid to the American Red Cross for the Online Introduction (must be completed before first class, you will receive information after registering). Attendance is required at all classes.

No Lifeguard Instructor Courses currently scheduled.

Water Safety Instructor Course

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course provides training needed to teach courses in the ARC Swimming and Water Safety Program. After successful completion, you will be able to teach a variety of swimming and water safety classes. Homework is assigned after each class and is required for successful completion of the course. $35 must be paid to the American Red Cross for the Online Session (details will be given after registration, must be completed before first class). Need to bring swimsuit, towel and WSI books (receive in class) to every class. Homework is assigned after each class and is required for successful completion of the course.

Participants must pass prerequisite swimming skills test the first day of class:

  • Swim 25 yards each of crawlstroke, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and side stroke.
  • Swim 15 yards of butterfly
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Float or scull on back in deep water for 1 minute.

No WSI Courses currently scheduled.