The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course provides entry level lifeguards with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course also equips lifeguards to provide professional level care for breathing difficulty, cardiac arrest, injuries and sudden illnesses, until emergency medical services personnel arrive.
What is the training like?
Training consists of online sessions, in-person group discussions and live hands-on skills training. From this course, you’ll learn traditional lifeguarding teamwork, rescue and surveillance techniques. All of the H2Owls lifeguarding classes include Standard Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Standard First Aid.
How long does it take to complete the course?
The blended learning course takes between 7 to 10 hours to complete. The time it takes to complete the skills sessions will depend upon how many students are in the class and how quickly the content is learned by students.
Are there any requirements or skills necessary?
Requirements for taking this course are as follows. You must be:
- at least 15 years old on or before the final day of class
- able to swim 300 yards continuously on your front
- able to tread water for 2 minutes using only your legs
- able to retrieve a brick from 20 yards away, 10 feet deep, return it and exit the pool without using the steps in under 1:40
*After registering for this course, you will receive an email with a link to the online course. The online portion must be completed prior to the skills session being taken.
Will I be officially certified as a lifeguard?
Successful completion results in a 2-year certification in Lifeguarding that includes first aid, professional-level CPR and AED in one certificate. Digital certificates are also available.
H2Owls is an authorized service provider for the American Red Cross and has been certifying Lifeguards for more than 15 years!