Lifeguard Certification Courses


Lifeguard  Certification

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course will teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries.

- Minimum age of 15
- Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order (there is no time requirement for this skill-however it is suggested that the 300 yards be completed in less than 10 minutes):

  • 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick.  Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front.
  • 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick, glide sequence.
  • 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke.  The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.

- Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Certification Requirements
- Attend all class sessions
- Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
- Demonstrate competency in three final skill scenarios
- Correctly answer at least 80% of the questions in three sections of the final written exam
- Parts of course will be completed online and via skype.

Certificate Issued & Validity Period
- Lifeguarding/First Aid: 3 years
- CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer: 2 years

Cost and Participant Requirements
- $180 for Rec Member
- $200 for Non-Member
- Lifeguard training book and resuscitation mask included

Winter 2015 Session

Dates: February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
Times: Fridays, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m./ Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m./ Sundays, noon - 6 p.m.
Location: PEIF Pool & Conference Room

Registration is not open.


Lifeguard Re-Certification


$105 for Rec Members
$125 for Non-Rec Members

Winter 2015 Session

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Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) Certification

To train instructor candidates to teach basic-level Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, Waterpark Lifeguarding and Shallow Water Attendant (all including First Aid), Lifeguard Management, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Administering Emergency Oxygen, Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission and Basic Water Rescue courses. Instructor candidates also will become familiar with GuardStart: Lifeguarding Tomorrow and the Water Safety presentations.

- Be at least 17 years of age on or before the last scheduled day of the instructor course.
- Possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid certificate or have successfully completed a Red Cross Lifeguarding (full or review course) or another acceptable lifeguarding course within the last four years.
- Possess a Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) Certificate issued within the last year or possess a current national Health and Safety Services Instructor Authorization Certificate.
- Successfully complete the pre-course session. This includes passing the pre-course written exam with a score of 80% or higher for each of the three sections and demonstrating competency in all the pre-course skills and scenarios evaluation.

Course Objectives
- Expand on information from the American Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) course to teach the courses and presentations in the Lifeguarding program.
- Demonstrate the characteristics required of an American Red Cross representative and role model.
- Teach courses in a manner that helps participants stay engaged in the learning process.
- Ensure participants’ health and safety during training.
- Demonstrate skills at an appropriate level of performance.
- Maintain complete and accurate records and reports.
- Plan, organize and conduct the courses and presentations in the Lifeguarding Program in accordance with the requirements of the specific course or presentation they will be teaching, and evaluate participants.
- Monitor participants’ practice and provide corrective feedback and encouragement consistent with the critical skill performance steps.

Certification Requirements
- Successfully complete the pre-course session.
- Attend and actively participate in all course sessions.
- Successfully complete class activities, including the required practice-teaching assignments.
- Complete the Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission Instructor Self-Study/Pre-Test
- Score at least 80% on the basic-level Administering Emergency Oxygen final written exam.
- Score at least 80% on the Lifeguarding Instructor Course final written exam.

Certificate Issued & Validity Period
Lifeguarding Instructor: Authorization is valid for 2 calendar years.

All authorizations expire on December 31 of each year. Initial authorization may be for less or more time depending on when training is completed.

Cost and Participant Materials
- $275 for Rec Member
- $300 for Non-Member
- Materials include Instructor Candidate Manual, Book, Certification Cards, and Class supplies.

Dates and Times:

More information coming soon!


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