To successfully complete the course, Blended learning combines online learning with in-person skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency. Please plan to complete all eLearning modules, at least two days prior to your first in-person skills session. Participants must pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent.
Some skill sessions require strenuous physical activity. Please wear comfortable clothing and avoid wearing dangling jewelry or jewelry with sharp edges. If you have a medical condition or disability or if you have any questions regarding your ability to participate fully in this course, discuss this with your health care provider and your instructor before you start the course.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Red Cross Lifeguard Certification for a certificate, valid for 2 years.
Prerequisites Candidates must:
1. Be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course. 2. 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. 3. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits. 4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: o Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed. o Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. o 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. o Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.