American Red Cross Blended Lifeguard Training Course
Time: Online 7 hours, In-person 20 hours
Provides entry-level participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. The Lifeguard Training Blended Learning Course allows you to read the material and watch the videos from the comfort of your home. The online training is approximately 7 hours. In-person training will be 20 hours. This training is for new lifeguard candidates or those with lapsed certifications, Certification issued for 2 years in CPR for the Professional Rescuer/First Aid/Lifeguarding.
LIFEGUARD TRAINING PRE-COURSE REQUIREMENTS
- Student minimum age is 15 years by the last day of class
- Swim 300 yards using freestyle or breaststroke. The candidate must demonstrate breath control and rhythmic breathing without stopping.
- Tread Water, legs only, for 2 minutes
- Timed brick test: Swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, and retrieve a 10-pound brick from the bottom. Surface and swim on your back with the object for 20 yards, exit the water without using a ladder or steps. The time limit is 1 minute and 40 seconds.
Please note: Course tuition fee is not refundable for not passing the swim pretest. Candidates should practice and train prior to the course.
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American Red Cross Lifeguard Review Course Time: In-person 10 hours
For those whose certifications are soon to expire but still certified (30 day grace period allowed). The review course is usually conducted in one day. Lifeguards will be expected to complete the Lifeguard prerequisite swim test, practice rescue skills, work through team scenarios, successfully complete the written test and skills test at the end of the course. Note: You will need to bring your hip pack, resuscitation mask, and whistle. Certification issued for 2 years in CPR for the Professional Rescuer/First Aid/Lifeguarding.
American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Blended Learning Course Time: Online 7 hours, In-person 25 hours
This Water Safety Instructor Course (WSI) in 3 days teaches people how to be safe in, on, and around water and to teach individuals of different ages and abilities how to swim. In a logical progression, the program covers the knowledge and skills needed for aquatic skill development. As participants develop these skills, they become safer and better swimmers. The instructor course is designed to train instructor candidates to teach Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn to Swim, Adult Swim, and water safety courses and presentations.
Prerequisites for the Water Safety Instructor Course (WSI)
- Must be at least 16 years old
- Candidates should be able to swim the 6 basic strokes based on a level 3 ability: freestyle, back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and butterfly. Treading water and the ability to back float is required.
- Candidates will need to download or purchase the textbook materials
- Complete the online component prior to the first day of class
American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Blended Learning Course Time: Online 3 hours, In-person 22 hours
The lifeguard instructor course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to use course presentation materials, conduct training sessions, and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course. Upon successfully becoming a Lifeguarding Instructor, one is eligible to teach many courses. These include Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, First Aid, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens. Lifeguarding Instructors with a current Red Cross basic-level certification in Administering Emergency Oxygen may also teach Administering Emergency Oxygen. To be eligible to teach Waterfront Skills, candidates must also possess a Waterfront Skills certificate.
Prerequisites for the Lifeguard Instructor Course (LGI)
- LGI Course students must be at least 17 years old
- Possess a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/ CPR/AED
- Obtain the Lifeguarding Instructor Manual (print version) and Lifeguarding Manual (digital or print) prior to entering the first classroom session of the instructor course
- Successfully complete the online introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor course (about 2 hours online)
- Successfully complete the in-person pre-course swim session.
- LGI Course Candidates should be able to swim 300 yards using freestyle or breaststroke. Treading water for 2 minutes only using their legs is the second test. Third, a timed event – swim 20 yards to retrieve a 10-pound brick – returning it to the starting point by swimming on back using only the legs – climb out of the pool unassisted within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Hint: Practice these ahead of class. No refunds for students not meeting these standards once the in-person class begins.
- Candidates will be provided with an opportunity to review all basic level lifeguard skills in which they are expected to show competency.