The 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 care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.
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You must register for a Lifeguard Prerequisite Training course in order to take this course. Register now for the recommended Prerequisite Training course: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lifeguard-training-prerequisite-01lg042519-ymca-silver-spring-tickets-56463961228
Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
Successful completion of the online Pre-Work (see below for more information).
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 are allowed.
Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
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.
Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
Return to the surface and swim 20 yards 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. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
- Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
This class requires online pre-work. Once you have paid for this class, you will receive a link to the online pre-work.
You will need to bring the printed verification that shows the completion of these mandatory online sessions to the first day of this class.
This class will be held on 2 days:
Day 1: 05/4/19 9AM-8PM
Day 2: 05/5/19 9AM-8PM
Employee Pricing: In order to pay the employee class price of $150.00 ($50.00 for the PreTest and $100.00 for the Lifeguard Training Course). Lifeguard and Legal Guardian (if lifeguard is under the age of 18 years) agree to work the minimum hours required for 2019 stated in the table below based off of the date the Lifeguard was hired.
Hours Required from 05/25/19-09/02/19
Between 7/1/19 and 8/1/19
Refund Policy Effective Date 9/10/18-10/31/19
There will be no refunds given for discounted lifeguard or pretest classes if the refund is requested less than fourteen calendar days prior to the first day of class. Our standard cost of the lifeguard class and pretest is $450.00 ($400 for lifeguard training and $50.00 for the pretest), if you are paying any amount less than $450.00 it is considered discounted training.
In the event you are dealing with an extenuating circumstance and wish to request a refund please know that all extenuating circumstances will be dealt with on a case by case basis and MUST be pre-approved by our training department. Documentation of the extenuating circumstance must be submitted to Jess Muir (please see below for contact information). There will be a $35.00 processing fee subtracted from the total refund for all approved refunds. Please note: Failing the lifeguard pretest, not showing up to the lifeguard class, missing a day of the lifeguard class, or showing up late to the lifeguard class does not qualify the participant for a refund nor does it qualify as an extenuating circumstance.
If you signed up for a class and you’d like to transfer to a new course you must notify Jess Muir one week before the scheduled start date. There will be a $35.00 transfer fee which is due immediately upon transfer. If you give less than one week notice to request a course transfer your prior payment will be forfeited and you will be responsible for purchasing a new ticket at full price. Please call our office and ask to speak with Jess Muir or email her to complete the transfer (contact information is listed below).
Fax- To the Attention of Jess Muir 410-363-9959
Remember to bring your:
- Ticket (paper or mobile)
- Printed verification of completed online pre-work
- Bathing suit
- Notebook and pen
- Lunch (optional)
What to expect:
Here is a full Red Cross description what you should expect from a Lifeguard Training Course.