Lifeguarding (LGT)

ONLINE — 7 hrs, 25 mins

CLASSWORK — 19 hrs, 30 mins

TOTAL — 26 hrs, 55 mins

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 program is offered in traditional classroom and blended learning (online learning with instructor-led skill session) formats.


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

Swim 300 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 may be used.

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

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 on the back 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.

Every day, 3 hours are in the pool learning and practicing rescue skills and spinal management.  Each day's warm up will include a 300 yard swim. After the water skills, the rest of the day is in the classroom.

The first session is a review of the online content you completed prior to the course. Participants will download a lifeguarding book, which will help then learn about the job, duties, legal issues, surveillance, rules, decision making, emergency action plans, and more. We will introduce you to CPR skills.


The second session continues with CPR skills. Participants'll learn the key points, watch video and practice CPR skills (rescue breathing, choking, compressions, etc).

The third session includes First Aid and Spinal Injuries, more discussion, videos, and a review for the written test. Questions will be discussed. We will conclude with the written and final skill scenario testing.

Fourth session as needed.

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