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The primary 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 professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a divers audience.

Shallow Water Lifeguard Certification Course

This course is a combination of Blended Learning and In-Person Classroom. The remote portion of the coursework is issued via email to the address you provide in the registration. Please make sure the email address is correct. The coursework consists of videos and tests that must be completed prior to your first in-person class meeting. Participants will meet at the Henderson Family YMCA on the pool deck to run the prerequisites that are required, then proceed to the Y classroom. We recommend you eat before you arrive and/or bring snacks and a bottle of water. The class will run the entire time.




Members $125 and Non-Members $200
Minimum number of participants is 3, maximum is 10.

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 legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  4. Complete a timed event with 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    -Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    -Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 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 with both hands   holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    -Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Certification Requirements
Candidates must:

  1. Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions.
  2. Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during scenarios.
  3. Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
  4. Pass the final skills scenarios.
  5. Successfully pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 80%. If a participant fails to reach the minimum 80% on the final written exam, a retest is allowed using the other version of the exam, provided that the participant has passed the practical assessment.
  6. Blended Learning only: complete all eLearning modules.

Certificate Issued and Validity Period
The American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is valid for 2 years.

Participant Material
American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual

*Note we do not have a return policy. This is a paid course in which certification is granted when prerequisites and certification requirements are met and a passing score is received.