Lifeguard Certification Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.  This course will follow the 2012 American Red Cross Lifeguarding curriculum.

Course Length: 26 Hours

Course Price: $195

Course Pre-requites: To enroll in the Lifeguarding Course, you must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session
  • Demonstrate the following skills:
    • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
    • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
    • 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.

Swimming skills will be tested on the first day of class. Skills must be completed in order to continue. No exceptions and no refunds due to failure to complete pre-requisites.

Course Requirements: Participants must attend and participate in all subsequent sessions (*if applicable) including class room work and skills practice. To receive the associated certification, participants must satisfactorily demonstrate all Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR skills, and pass the course written exam with at least a score of 80%.

Certification received upon fulfilling course requirements (valid 2 years): Lifeguard, First Aid CPR for the Professional Rescuer


Course Schedule



Lifeguard Certification courses will be scheduled beginning January 2018. 

Please contact Aquatic Coordinator David Swearingen at for more information.