Lifeguard Certification

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training makes learning fun and easy. Through classroom learning, online learning, and hands-on practice, participants will learn surveillance skills to help recognize and prevent injuries. Participants will master skills such as: in water and on land rescue techniques, first aid training, professional rescuer CPR and professional communication skills on how to interact with patrons during the event of an emergency and/or behavioral issues. All participants must reach the age of 15 no later than the last day of class, pass the pre-requisites, attend every session of class and pass the final exams. Pre-requisite skills will be tested at the beginning of the class. Those who cannot pass the pre-requisites will not be allowed to take the class.  All online portions of the class must be completed before the first day of class.

Pre-requisites are:

Prerequisite 1:

  • Complete a swim-tread-swim sequence without stopping to rest:
  • Jump into the water and totally submerge, resurface then swim 150 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.
  • Maintain position at the surface of the water for 2 minutes by treading water using only the legs.
  • Swim 50 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.

Prerequisite 2:

  • 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.
  • 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, holding the object at the surface with both hands and keeping the face out at or near the surface.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Course 3
Date: March 14-17
Location: Austin College
Price: $200
Deadline to register: March 11

Course 4
Date: April 11-14
Location: Austin College
Price: $200
Deadline to register: April 8

Course 5
Date: May 2-5
Location: The Splash Family Aquatic Center
Price: $200
Deadline to register: April 29

Lifeguard Recertification Course
Lifeguard Instructor Course