The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide 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. This course combines class time and in-water skill sessions. Please see the lifeguarding fact sheet (PDF) for all prerequisites and course objectives.
Please note that:
Students must be 15 years of age by the last day of class.
Students must pass a pre-test during the scheduled test day.
A tablet or iPad is permitted for use during class.
Instructors will give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to a victim of a breathing emergency using breathing devices, including resuscitation masks, bag-valve-mask resuscitators (BVMs) and emergency oxygen.