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Completed Certifications:

Upon completion of the course, all participants will hold certifications in:

* Lifeguarding
* First Aid
* CPR/AED for the professional Rescue


The Lifeguarding/First Aid certification is valid for 2 years
The CPR/AED for the professional Rescue certification is valid for 1 year

Course hours: 26 hours based on a 10 person class

What do I need to bring to a lifeguard course?


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Although a course might end, our involvement with our students continues.  All course participants are enrolled into our job placement program!


If you are interested in working in a fun environment and want to help keep your community safe, lifeguarding may be the career for you.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding is ideal for those wishing to work at traditional pools.


15 years of age on or before the last date of the course

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates 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.


  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.


  3. Complete a timed event within 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, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to 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 so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.

    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Course Requirements:

In order to pass the course, all students must complete the pre-course skills, the lifeguarding skills, attend all classes and score at least an 80% on all written exams.

*Lifeguard review courses follow the same pre-requisite and in course requirements.

Click here to learn more about our Lifeguard BLC courses.


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