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.
What to bring
- Extra towels
- Comfortable clothes
- Swim suit
- Snacks and Lunch
- Preferred pen or pencil
The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual will be provided during class but not issued. A free copy of the book can be downloaded here:
*Please note that registration is not completed until we have received payment and you have passed the swimming prerequisites.*
Certificate Issued and Validity Period
Participants must have 100% attendance and pass all curriculum points in Lifeguard Training, CPR- Pro, AED and Lifeguarding First Aid. Certificates will be emailed within 1-2 weeks of course completion and will be valid for two years.
By purchasing this course you agree to the following terms:
Please note we require a minimum of 5 participants to hold course. In the event of low enrollment, please understand you may be asked to switch courses to meet minimum participant requirement.
Transferring to Another Class
Class tuition can be applied to one other Lifeguard class, when available and if you have contacted us to reschedule by email 7 days prior to currently enrolled class. Transfer must be completed within 3 months of original enrolled class.
All refunds or class moves must be done 10 days prior to the first day of class.
When registering and enrolling, you will be responsible for payment of the fees from that date forward. We will not hold places for any programming.
Assumption of Risk
Enrolled participant (Participant) or the adult parent or legal guardian of the Participant, on Participant’s behalf, (Responsible Party) recognizes and understands that swimming is a HAZARDOUS activity and that there are risks of injury or illness inherent in participation in any fitness or athletic program (including, but not limited to, paralyzing injuries, brain injuries and death), and I represent to Waterloo Swimming (WS) that I have consulted the above-referenced Participant’s personal physician or other health authority and the Participant is physically capable of participating in the Lessons and Programming. Participant and Responsible Party on behalf of Participant, voluntarily executes and delivers this Release and Indemnification to WS to induce WS to permit Participant’s participation in the swimming lessons and programming offered by WS (Lessons/Programming), and I hereby acknowledge that such participation is at Participant’s own risk and without any representations of any kind or character having been made WS and/or their respective officers, directors, agents, employees, parent company and subsidiaries.
Release & Indemnification
Participant, or Responsible Party on behalf of Participant, voluntarily releases, discharges, waives and relinquishes, any and all actions or causes of action for personal injury, property damages, or wrongful death occurring and arising as a result of engaging or receiving instruction in the Lessons or any activities incidental thereto, wherever or however the same may occur and for whatever period said activities or instructions may continue.
PARTICIPANT, OR RESPONSIBLE PARTY ON BEHALF OF PARTICIPANT, AND ON BEHALF OF PARTICIPANT’S HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS AND ASSIGNS, HEREBY RELEASES, WAIVES, DISCHARGES, RELINQUISHES, INDEMNIFIES, AND HOLDS HARMLESS THE INDEMNIFIED PARTIES FROM ANY ACTION, CAUSES OF ACTION, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, COSTS, LIABILITIES, EXPENSES, OR JUDGMENTS WHATSOVER, INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COSTS WHICH MAY HEREAFTER ARISE FOR PARTICIPANT AND PARTICIPANT’S ESTATE FROM THE PARTICIPANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE LESSONS/PROGRAMMING, AND AGREE THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE PARTICIPANT OR ITS HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS AND ASSIGNS PROSECUTE OR PRESENT ANY CLAIM FOR PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGES OR WRONGFUL DEATH AGAINST WATERLOO SWIMMING L.P. AND ITS OFFICERS, OWNERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, PARENT COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES (Indemnified Parties) FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OF ANY KIND OR NATURE IN CONNECTION WITH MY (OR, IF APPLICABLE, THE PARTICIPANT’S) PARTICIPATION IN THE LESSONS/PROGRAMMING, WHETHER THE SAME SHALL ARISE BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANY SAID PERSONS, OR OTHERWISE.
Participant authorizes any representative of Waterloo Swimming to have the participant treated in any medical emergency during his/her participation in the swimming lessons. Further, the Participant agrees to pay all costs associated with medical care and transportation for the Participant. Participant has noted on the registration form any medical/health problems of which the staff should be aware.
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