Lifeguard & Safety Training

Lifeguard & Safety Training

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Lifeguard Training

Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross lifeguard training. Our courses are designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. With our lifeguard training, you will learn how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard while understanding the crucial elements in helping to prevent drownings and injuries.

Training with the Red Cross
Learn how to save lives and prevent injuries around water with Red Cross Lifeguard Training. The Red Cross has been training and teaching skills for effective responses to all kinds of emergencies for more than 100 years.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding

Lifeguarding Course and Prerequisites
The American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification are imperative to the process of getting hired on as an official Red Cross lifeguard. Our detailed training includes both testing hands-on skills as well as comprehension on written tests. The certification, which includes First Aid, CPR and AED training, is valid for two years upon completion and is accepted nationwide. This class also includes American Red Cross Administering Emergency Oxygen course and Waterpark Skills module.

The American Red Cross is the most respected source for training and certification of this kind. This class is blended and requires 7 hours of eLearning before the course begins. Link to blended learning will be sent to participant via email. 

Prerequisites for lifeguard training include:

  • Students must be at least 15 years old by the last day of the class
  • Students must pass a pre-course swimming skills test prior to taking lifeguard courses (300 yard swim-front crawl or breaststroke; 2 minute tread without hands; timed brick test consisting of a 20 yard swim, surface dive 7-10ft, retrieve a 10lb brick, return to start with brick out of water in 1 minutes, 40 seconds, and exit the pool without a ladder)

Fees: $250 member / non-member

Class dates (must attend all days and times of each class):

March 24-26 
Friday, March 24 4:30p-9p
Saturday, March 25 8:30a-6p
Sunday, March 26 8:30a-6p
Registration closes Sunday, March 19

April 14-16
Friday, April 14: 4:30p-9p
Saturday, April 15: 8:30a-6p
Sunday, April 16: 8:30a-6p
Registration closes Sunday, April 9

Lifeguard Training Review

This is a recertification course for American Red Cross lifeguarding. 
This course includes the following from the American Red Cross: Lifeguarding review course, Waterpark Skills module, and Administering Emergency Oxygen course. In order to take this course participants must have a current American Red Cross lifeguard certification or have a certification that is expired no more than 30 days.

Fees: $100 member / $150 non-member

Class dates (must attend all days and times of each class):

American Red Cross Waterfront Skills

Participants must hold an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification to take the course. This course results in an American Red Cross certificate for Waterfront Skills. This certification is valid for no more than two years. A current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate is also needed with this certification.


  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification
  • Pre-course to be completed at the beginning of the course:
    • 550-yard swim (continuous using front crawl, breaststroke, or combination of those two)
    • 2 minute tread using only legs
    • Timed event-swim 20 yards, retrieve 10lb object in 7-10 ft of water, swim 20 yards back while holding object, exit water without ladder or steps
    • Underwater swim-retrieve three dive rings that are 5 yards apart in 4-7 ft of water
Fees: $50 member / $75 non-member

Class dates

American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED Training
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