Lifeguard Training




Interested in a great summer job or challenging career as a professional lifeguard? Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard. Training options feature two core courses—Lifeguarding and Shallow Water Lifeguarding (available in a blended learning format)—plus optional add-on modules, including waterfront skills or waterpark skills modules. Successful completion results in a 2-year certification in Lifeguarding that includes first aid, professional-level CPR and AED in one certificate. Digital certificate available upon successful completion of course.


Core Courses

Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years old and pass certain swimming requirements


Course lengths:



  • Traditional in-person course format 25 hours, 20 minutes
  • Blended Learning course format 19 hours, 30 minutes in-person/7 hours 30 minutes online (27 hours)


Shallow Water Lifeguarding

  • Traditional in-person course format 24 hours
  • Blended Learning course format 18 hours in-person/7 hours, 30 minutes online (25 hours, 30 minutes)


Optional Add-on Modules

Prerequisite: Certification in a core course is required; however, the module may be taught at the conclusion of a core course.


Course lengths:

  • Waterfront Skills Module 5 hours, 40 minutes
  • Waterpark Skills Module 3 hours, 40 minutes


Lifeguarding Review Course

The Review course is designed to review the lifeguarding skills and core knowledge points required to recertify in lifeguarding.


Prerequisite: Current Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate Note: If the Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate is expired, participants must take the full Lifeguarding or Shallow Water Lifeguarding course.


Course lengths:

  • Lifeguarding Review Course 12 hours, 50 minutes
  • Shallow Water Lifeguarding Course 11 hours, 50 minutes


Topics include:

  • Patron surveillance
  • Rescue skills

  • Victim assessment
  • Care for head, neck and spinal injuries

Courses are provded at the Aquatics Center.  There is a nominal fee of $100 for the two-year certifcation.