American Red Cross Lifeguarding


The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is designed to teach the skills and knowledge to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical personal take over. This class will be delivered in a blended format with approximately 6 hours of online content and 22 hours of in-person hands-on skill learning which will be led by certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor

The online content MUST be completed prior to the first in-person class date. Further information on how to access the online content will be provide on the registration page via RSConnect.

The first in-person class date will begin with a verification name, age, and online completion. Participants will then participate in the prerequisite skill evaluation which consist of the following:


Prerequisite 1: Complete a swim-tread-swim sequence without stopping to rest:

  • Jump into the water and totally submerge, resurface then swim 150 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. (Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. Swim goggles are allowed).
  • Maintain position at the surface of the water for 2 minutes by treading water using only the legs.
  • Swim 50 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.

Prerequisite 2: Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:

  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. (The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed).
  • Submerge to a depth of 7 - 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, holding the object at the surface with both hands and keeping the face out at or near the surface.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.