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Lifeguard Courses

Course Descriptions


This course is designed to teach individuals ages 15 and older the skills and knowledge 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 take over. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Administering Emergency Oxygen valid for 2 years.

The Lifeguarding courses will be delivered in the American Red Cross "Blended Learning" format in which course information will be delivered through a web based presentation, followed up by on-site skill training sessions on the scheduled dates. The link for the online content will be e-mailed to participants once they have registered and paid for the course.  Participants will be required to complete the online material as directed by the course instructor prior to each on-site training session. The online portion must be completed in order to obtain this certification

Lifeguard Review

This course is designed to give individuals who have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification an opportunity to renew their certifications prior to expiration. The review course optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, valid for 2 years.


In order for an individual to participate in these courses they must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation. The skills evaluation will be administered the first day of the course and includes the following:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.  You may use swim goggles.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Hands should be placed under your armpits.
  3. Complete the timed event within 1 minute , 40 seconds (Swim goggles are NOT allowed on this skill)
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards with your face in or out of the water. 
  • 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 kick 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point. Keep both hands on the object with your face at or near the surface of the water so you are able to breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Your time stops once you have put the object on the pool deck and you exited the pool without using a ladder or steps.

There will be NO refund for individuals who fail the prerequisite skills evaluation.

Course Cost

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Lifeguard Review



Next Course Dates and Times 

September 2018

  • September 4, 2018, 5:00p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • September 7, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • September 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • September 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • September 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • September 17, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

October 2018

  • October 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • October 19, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • October 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • October 26, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • October 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • October 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

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August 2018

  • August 27, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • August 31, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m
  • September 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

November 2018

  • November 19, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m
  • November 23, 2018, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m
  • November 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m


For more information, please contact Rialto Heller, Coordinator of Aquatic Programs and Services at (954) 262-6804 or

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