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

Fall 2015 Dates

October 23, 24, 25, 31 and November 1
Friday: 5-8 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday: noon-6 p.m.



Lifeguard Re-Certification


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

*Must present valid American Red Cross lifeguard certificate on day of class.

Fall 2015 Dates

September 26 and 27
Saturday: 2-8 p.m.
Sunday: 12-6 p.m.


Lifeguard Instructor Certification

The purpose of the instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/ AED for professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission courses and/ or modules. Instructor candidates will also become familiar with Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management, Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue. 

Course length is approximately 32 hours, participant must attend all course sessions. 

- Be at least 17 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course.
- Possess one of the following: 

  • A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/ CPR/ AED. 
  • A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid and either an American Red Cross certificate for CPR/ AED for Lifeguards. 
  • Be able to complete a skills associated with Lifeguarding/ First Aid/ CPR/ AED. 

-Successfully complete: 

  • Online Orientation to the Red Cross. 
  • Online Orientation to the Lifeguarding course. 
  • Online Lifeguarding Instructor Precourse Exam (80 percent or better). 
  • Successfully complete the Precourse Session.

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 Blood Borne 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
Certification validity is explained during course. 

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

Fall 2015 Dates

Dates: October 22, 29 and November 5, 12, and 19
Time: Thursdays, 5 - 8 p.m.
Locations: PEIF Pool, PEIF REC Center Conference Room, Online Component



Waterfront Lifeguard Certification 

The purpose of the Waterfront Skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in nonsurf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. 

Course length is 10 hours, participant must attend all scheduled sessions. 

- Candidates must have a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/ CPR/ AED. *Unless this is a combined course with lifeguarding. 
- Must be 15 years old on or before the final schedule session of this module. 
- Swim 550 years continuously demonstrating.
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only legs.
- Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. 
- Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence. 

Certificate Issued & Validity Period
Certification validity is two years from course completion date.

$100 for Rec Members
$120 for Non-Rec Members

*Must present current American Red Cross lifeguard certificate on day of class. 

Fall 2015 Dates

No classes offering at this time.

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