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.
1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session
of this course.
2. Swim 300 yards continuously
demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl (freestyle), breastroke
or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place
their hands under the armpits.
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 you are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
- Attend and participate in all class sessions.
- Demonstrate competency in all required skills
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 a minimum grade of 80 percent.
Issued and Validity Period:
be emailed within 4 weeks of course completion and will be valid for two years.
A link to the Lifeguard Manual can be found: http://www.editiondigital.net/publication/?i=95090.