Lifeguard Training – American Red Cross

Lifeguards can make up to $14/hour once certified and have met all training requirements.

Basic-Level Crossover Course

The purpose of a lifeguarding basic-level crossover course is to give individuals with a current lifeguarding certification from an approved training provider the opportunity to participate in an abbreviated course to earn an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification or Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification. This course is designed for participants that are proficient in most skills, including water rescue skills, First Aid, and CPR/AED. Additional time may be required if course participants are not proficient in the skills not taught in this outline, such as First Aid and CPR/AED.  

  Participants must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age on or before the last scheduled course date.
  • Possess a basic-level Lifeguarding certification, or documentation of current lifeguarding credentials showing that the individual has successfully completed a formal lifeguarding course with one of the following training agencies:
    • Canadian Red Cross
    • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard
    • YMCA
    • Ellis & Associates
    • Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
    • StarGuard ELITE
  • Successfully complete the eLearning portion of the Lifeguarding course, including the final written exam.
  • Successfully complete the swimming skill prerequisites:
    • 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. Swim goggles are not allowed.
      • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, 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.
      • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.  

BASIC-LEVEL LIFEGUARD TRAINING COURSETIME OF TRAINING
June 58:30am – 6:30pm
Membership TypeCost*
YMCA at ACRC$100
Community Member$125

Full course, online + classroom

DAY OF TRAININGTIME OF TRAINING
June 6 – 89:00am – 4:00pm
DAY OF TRAININGTIME OF TRAINING
August 19 – 21Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
DAY OF TRAININGTIME OF TRAINING
October 21 – 23Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
DAY OF TRAININGTIME OF TRAINING
December 16 – 18Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Membership TypeCost*
YMCA at ACRC$175
Community Member$200
*75% of cost will be refunded if participant does not pass prerequisites.

This course requires participants to complete online learning prior to in-class skills sessions. Please make sure to provide a valid email address when completing registration.

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 aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. The blended learning format allows students to work independently on theory through a series of informational videos and tutorials. They then present what skills they learned in a hands-on class.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites – The following prerequisites need to be completed in front of a Lifeguard Trainer, in person, at the YMCA, prior to starting online learning material.

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final day of the course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 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.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

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 the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Entire Course Length

  • Approximately 7 hours, 25 minutes for online learning
  • Approximately 19 hours for in-class skills
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Questions/Register: 
Contact Jacob Foote, Lifeguard Lead via email at lifeguardlead@ymcaatacrc.org

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