Lifeguard Training

American Red Cross lifeguard trainingCommunity Pool Service offers American Red Cross Lifeguard and CPR Training to all current and prospective employees. With Community you can become a certified lifeguard and obtain training that will serve you beyond the swimming pool. Lifeguard training requires specific qualifications, here are some of the important ones:

Minimum Lifeguard Qualifications

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
  • 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. 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 they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Review the full American Red Cross lifeguard manual for more information >>

Online Lifeguard Training Registration

We will soon be launching our online training registration tool. This will make it easier for new or returning lifeguards to sign-up and pay for classes in their area.