Lifeguard Programs

Lifeguard Training


Individuals 15 years of age & Older

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 water park 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

  • Lifeguarding
    • 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.

  • Waterfront Skills Module 5 hours, 40 minutes
  • Water park 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 re-certify 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.

  • 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 provided at the Aquatics Center. There is a fee of $100 for the two-year certification.  *All Aquatics Center Lifeguard Employees training fee is reimbursed. 

Junior Lifeguarding

Jr. Lifeguard Printable Handout & Waiver

Individuals 11 to 14 years of age
Registration is OPEN online now!

Junior Lifeguarding is an American Red Cross program for individuals of 11-14 years of age. Classes will begin the first full week of June and begin promptly at 9:00am and end at 11:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week- participants should plan to come 15-20 minutes early each day. Junior Guards are required to attend no less than 14 of the 17 classes as they are taught CPR/AED/First Aid and tested. Each Junior Guard will have to perform and pass all skills taught over the nine-week course and by the end of training; pass their final written test to receive the American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Certification. This program gives them not only skills for becoming a lifeguard, but social skills as well, teaching them how to work as a team.


  • June 6 – August 3: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:00am (arrive 15-20 mins early)
  • No class on July 4th in observation of the Independence Day Holiday
  • Scheduled volunteer hours posted with Lifeguard schedule


  • Pay in full OR with a payment plan. Payment plans: pay a 20% deposit at the time of online registration and pay the remaining 80% at the first class.
  • $60 per Jr. Guard (Military Rate: $48) 
  • One Week of Pre-Course Learn-to-Swim Clinic: $15 per Jr. Guard (Military Rate: $12)
  • Two Weeks of Pre-Course Learn-to-Swim Clinic: $30 per Jr. Guard (Military Rate: $24)
  • No Refunds
  • For Military Rate please call (803) 774-3998 or email [email protected] for approval & discount

Pre-test (Students must be able to swim):

  • Front crawl 25 yards breathing to side or front.
  • Breast Stroke 25 yards using pull breathe, kick and glide sequence.
  • Tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs.
  • Show a level of comfort on the back by floating on the back for 30 seconds or swimming on the back for 25 yards using the elementary back stroke.
  • Submerge and swim under water for 10 feet.
  • **If participant is not confident in the above pre-test skills, please consider attending one of our 'Pre-Course Learn-to-Swim Clinics' reserved only for those who are interested in being a summer 2023 junior lifeguard (pool will be heated). **More information near the bottom of this page

Rules and Expectations of Jr. Lifeguard Participants:

  • Each student is expected to volunteer 2 or more hours per week outside of class time for hands-on training, assisting, and shadowing of Lifeguards while on the job.  These hours must be scheduled ahead of time with the Instructor. 
  • Each student is provided 2 Junior Lifeguard T- Shirt that is to be worn both when they are attending the class and scheduled for their volunteer hours (Jr. Guards will not be allowed to Volunteer if they do not arrive in uniform and will have to go home or check in as a Patron – 13 or older).
  • All Junior Guards are expected to follow ALL Aquatics Center Rules and Lead by Example for others in their behavior and actions while on duty.
  • Girls are to wear appropriate one piece bathing attire and Boys are to wear the appropriate lined swim trunks.
  • All participants will sign in and sign out of the Aquatic Center with their assigned code, as other AC staff members do as well.


Pre-Course Learn-to-Swim Clinics for Aspiring Junior Lifeguards:

Not confident in your child's swim level, but want them to be an American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard?

  • Coached by USA Certified Swim Coaches & Water Safety Instructors, come join us for one or two weeks worth of swim clinics this summer. Learn to become more comfortable swimming, or get some extra practice in the pool, with us before your Junior Lifeguarding course starts in June. All participants must register in our Jr. Lifeguard program to register for clinics.
    • Review and learn all pre-test swimming requirements at your own pace
  • Monday through Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm
  • One Week Clinic Options: May 15-18 OR May 22-25
  • Two Week Clinic Options: May 15-25