The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide lifeguard candidates and 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 (EMS) personnel take over.
Pre-requisites for this course are:
1) Swim 300 yards continuously freestyle or breaststroke. (no time limit)
2) Swim 20 yards, surface dive to 7-10 ft to retrieve a 10-pound brick, swim back 20 yards with both hands on brick, and brick above water. Time limit: 1 min 40 sec
3) Tread water for 2 minutes, legs only, certification candidate may NOT use arms.
On successful completion of the course, participants receive two certificates: one for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training/First Aid which is valid for two years, and the second for American Red Cross CPR/AED/FPR which is valid for two years. Attendance is mandatory for certification.