Lifeguard Society offers 2 versions of the Lifeguarding program:

 

  • Shallow Water Lifeguarding Course (up to 5 feet of water) – will suffice for hotel and resort pools

  • Full Lifeguarding Course (up to 7-10 feet of water) – required if working in rec center pools

    It is strongly recommended to practice the swimming skills in a pool before class day. 

Review the differences between the 2 course types below. The price will be the same for either course. You can choose which version you prefer on the registration page.

Note: If you have difficulty performing the swimming skills in the full lifeguarding course, you may be able to receive a Shallow Water lifeguarding certification under the instructor’s discretion. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Shallow Water Lifeguarding Course (5 feet of water)
1. Swim 100 yards (4 laps) continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawlbreaststroke 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. You should place your hands under the armpits.
3. Complete a timed event within 50 seconds.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  • Submerge to a depth of 4 to 5 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  • Return to the surface and walk or swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object at the surface of the water.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
Full Lifeguarding Course (7-10 feet of water)
1. Swim 300 yards (12 laps) continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawlbreaststroke 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. You should place your 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 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. You should not swim the distance under water.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

The pool sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your healthcare professional before participating in the pool 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 us.

Certification Requirements:

Attend all class sessions, successfully perform all required skills and final skill scenarios; and pass the written exam with a minimum grade of 80% or better.

 

Certification Validity:

American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Lifeguarding Manual:

Skill Refresher Knowledge Check

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Review Water Skill Sheets for Pool Day Below:

The Professional Lifeguard

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Scanning

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Emergency Action Plans

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Water Rescue Skills—Submerged Victim Rescues

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Primary Assessment—Child and Infant

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Conscious Choking—Adult and Child

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Heart Attack and the Cardiac Chain Of Survival

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Two-Rescuer CPR—Adult and Child

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Using an AED—CPR in Progress

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Responding to Sudden Illnesses

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When Things Do Not Go as Practiced

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Waterpark Rescue Skills

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Entries and Approaches

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Zones Of Surveillance

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Water Rescue Skills—Rescues at or Near the Surface

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Standard Precautions

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Giving Ventilations—Adult, Child and Infant

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Conscious Choking—Infant

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CPR—Adult and Child

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Two-Rescuer CPR—Infant

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Putting It All Together: Multiple Rescuer Response—CPR in Progress

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Responding to Injuries

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Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries in the Water

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Surveillance

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Injury Prevention

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Review—Surveillance Activity 1

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Primary Assessment—Adult

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Using a Bag-Valve-Mask Resuscitator—Two Rescuers

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Unconscious Choking—Adult, Child and Infant

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CPR—Infant

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Using an AED

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Review—Surveillance Activity 2

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Caring for Spinal Injuries on Land

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Waterfront Rescue Skills

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