American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course
The American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification course prepares participants to become professional lifeguards. This course will teach students necessary rescue skills, surveillance techniques, CPR & First Aid, and administering an AED. Participants who successfully pass this course will earn an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification (valid 2 years). This course will be a blended learning experience that will include classroom sessions, hands-on skills, and online work that must be completed at home. Participants should be prepared to move in and out of the water for skills practice, while also spending extended periods of time both in the water and in a classroom setting. Participants should bring lunch, water, sunscreen, towel, and a change of comfortable clothing for classroom sessions. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY AT ALL CLASS SESSIONS TO PASS THE COURSE, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Participants must be at least 15 years of age and successfully complete the course pre-requisites in order to take the course. Pre-requisites of the class include:
1. a continuous 300 yard swim 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 when within 1 minute and 40 seconds: starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 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 in order to breathe (or to get a breath).
In order to successfully pass this course, participants must successfully complete the pre-requisites of the course, demonstrate adequate rescue skills, pass the swim test, and pass the written exams with at least an 80% grade. Refunds will not be issued for participants who do not pass the course.