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Waterfront Lifeguard Certification

American Red Cross Waterfront lifeguarding course. Students must pass a skills pre-test prior to course. Upon successful completion participants receive their lifeguarding certification. Course is takes approximately 28 hours of instruction

 

Skill Prerequisites

1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this module.

 

2. Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.

 

3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under

 

4. 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. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.

Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

5. 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.

 

Certification Requirements

Attend and participate in all class sessions.

Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.

Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios

Pass both the Section 1—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2 Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

 

Lifeguard Recertification

Need to recertify your Lifeguard certificate? You must hold an American Red Cross Lifeguard card that has expired no more than four years in order to take this class. Class takes approximately 15 hours to complete

 

Certification Requirements 

Attend and participate in all class sessions.

Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.

Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.

Pass both the Section 1—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2 Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.