Lifeguarding & Waterfront Course


The American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding course teaches lifeguards the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found in public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.

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What is the training format?

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.

Lifeguard Waterfront Rescue Training Exercise

How long does it take to complete the course?

The blended learning course takes between 7 to 10 hours to complete. The skills sessions depend upon how many students in the class and how quickly the content is learned.

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 550 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
  • able to retrieve 3 dive rings 5 yards apart in 5 to 7 feet of water

*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.

What certifications will I receive?

Lifeguard CPR/AED Certification

Successful completion results in a 2-year certification in Lifeguarding that includes first aid, professional-level CPR/AED and the Waterfront Skills Module in one certificate. Digital certificates are also available.

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