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 personnel take over.
To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session. To participate in the course, you must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation by doing 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 but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
■ Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your 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 your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
**The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the course. Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class.
Additional Courses that are tied into this program if you are interested:
*Shallow Water Lifeguarding (meaning no pool deeper than 3.5 feet)
*Waterfront (beach, lake, pond)
* If all you need is CPR/AED/First that is available too (only 1 day)
Full Lifeguarding Course: (information on the left)
(Shallow Water Certification also offered during this course)
Date(s): April 14, 21, 28
Place: Springville High School Pool
CPR/AED/First Aid ONLY:
Date: April 21, 2018
Place: Springville High School Rm #121 (Art Room)
Dates: Same as Full lifeguarding course
Time and Dates: the same as the full course w/ some additional videos and skills to complete