American Red Cross
Lifeguard Course Requirements:


If you can answer yes to the following questions about the swimming test, you will pass this portion of the lifeguard certification requirements.

You must be able to swim for 300 yards without stopping using the following 3 strokes  with the proper form. You will need only to swim 50 yards if renewing your Shallow Water Lifeguard certification.

Front crawl (freestyle) 100 yards
Breaststroke 100 yards
Either the front crawl or the breaststroke for the last 100 yards


Brick Test

You must swim continuously for 20 yards using either the freestyle or the breaststroke. Then you need to do a surface dive to pick up a 10 lb rubber brick 7-10 ft. deep. You must retrieve a 10 pound rubber brick from water at least 7 feet deep off the bottom of the pool and swim continuously for 25 yards carrying the brick. As soon as you pick up the brick, you must swim back to where you started and then get out of the pool without using steps or a ladder.It needs to be done within a 1 minute, 40 seconds time frame.


If you do not think that you cannot do the pre- qualification test, sign up for our class that will teach you how to pass the test!


Due to Covid-19 we do not currently have any upcoming courses for Lifeguarding


Topics include:

  • Professionalism
  • Legal considerations
  • Being part of a team
  • Facility safety
  • Patron surveillance  
  • Effective surveillance
  • Injury prevention
  • Emergency Action Plans

Rescue Skills

  • Entries
  • Approaches
  • Assists
  • Active victim rescues
  • Passive victim rescues
  • Submerged victim rescues
  • Head, neck, and spinal injury rescues
  • Extacations

CPR/AED/First Aid: Adults, infants, children

  • Primary assessment
  • Recognizing and caring for breathing emergencies
  • Giving ventilation
  • BVM ( Bag valve mask resuscitator)
  • Obstructed airway
  • Cardiac arrest CPR, both 1 and 2 rescuer adult and child
  • Using an AED

First Aid

  • Secondary assessment
  • Sudden illnesses
  • First aid scenarios
  • Caring for head, neck, and spinal
  • Final practical exams
  • Final written exams

Pre-Certification Course

This course will teach you how to do the brick test so you can get into the lifeguarding course. It will also help you to improve your necessary strokes so you can successfully complete the distance portion of the pre-test is 3 hours. For more information about this course please contact us at

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